June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Minorities in Engineering, Liberal Education/Engineering & Society, and Women in Engineering
22.1719.1 - 22.1719.19
“ I am Not a Feminist, but…:” Making Meanings of Being a Woman in EngineeringEngineering is often described as one of the last bastions of a macho culture wherewomen continue to experience minority status. In this article we ask, how dowomen make meaning of this status? We explore this question in the context ofstudents’ socialization into the profession over the course of their engineeringeducation. Drawn from diaries, our findings show that young women hold multipleand contradictory perspective about their status as women in engineering. Thestrands of these perspectives are articulated around (a) a feminist critique, (b)essentialism, (3) meritocracy and individualism, and (d) exceptionalism. Thesefindings suggest that their taken-for-granted assumptions about essentialism,meritocracy and individualism, and exceptionalism trump the opportunity to take afeminist critique to its logical conclusion. We end by exploring the irony of theirsimultaneous adherence to and rejection of feminist critiques of engineering.
Seron, C. S., & Cech, E. A., & Silbey, S. S., & Rubineau, B. (2011, June), “ I am Not a Feminist, but…”: Making Meanings of Being a Woman in Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17288
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