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Sheetal.Pandey
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Sheetal.Pandey   3/31/2011 11:14:17 AM
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Well in India lots of girls do engineering especially Electronics and computer science.

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Silicon_Smith   3/31/2011 2:12:21 PM
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But the ratios remain skewed as ever. The school from where I completed my bachelors had a less than 10% female students.

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cdhmanning   3/31/2011 5:24:15 PM
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I don't see why this has to be considered a problem. Of course there should not be any forced barriers to women in engineering - or men in nursing for that matter. However we should not be modifying engineering to make it more appealing to women. Is it possible to do so without changing what engineering is? Statistics only give you a generalization and women tend to be more interested in nurturing than engineering. Of course there are individuals who don't follow those generalizations and they should be encouraged to follow their choices. Removing gender barriers does not mean the same thing as achieving a 50:50 ratio in all professions. Here in New Zealand we have been very active at balancing the field. We have had two female Prime Ministers in the last 4. We have openly gay and trans-gender politicians. We have more females graduating as doctors than males. We have more females graduating than males. Yet engineering is still skewed towards males.

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Silicon_Smith   3/31/2011 7:08:23 PM
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The mechanical engineering department at our university did not get a single female student for about a decade before a during I was there. Goes to show how skewed engineering still gets..

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old account Frank Eory   3/31/2011 7:45:47 PM
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I wonder what percentage of female university freshmen declare engineering as their major, relative to the percentage that graduate with an engineering degree. My very andecdotal, unscientific observation is that there are lot more incoming freshman women starting out in engineering these days, compard to when I was in school. If most of them stick with it and graduate with an engineering degree, their graduating class will be far more balanced than the 93-95% male number quoted by Brian.

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Aaron.Netsell   3/31/2011 7:48:14 PM
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This is not a problem. Women simply aren't as attracted to engineering as men are....and that's OK. Men (in general) aren't as attracted to Cosmetology (Beauty School) but there's not some national drive to get more men into that profession. The doors for women to get into engineering are wide open. If you're interested in engineering, come on in. If you're not, it ain't no big deal. Do what you love.

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ttt3   3/31/2011 8:23:39 PM
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While I agree with you wholeheartedly, it's worth pointing out that most cosmetology jobs pay poverty-level wages. "Do what you love" is great, but doesn't always pay the bills....

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John McGehee   3/31/2011 8:28:26 PM
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The female university faculty ratio is a red herring. My daughter's high school math and science teachers seem to be evenly split between men and women. That's the ratio she will see when she chooses her college major. She's not going to investigate the number of female engineering professors and change her major. I don't even think she would particularly care.

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Code Monkey   3/31/2011 8:41:28 PM
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Despite the politician's inate desire to control everything, I don't see anything preventing women from becoming engineers. The answer to the "Where's the women" question may be quite simple: Guys just want to play with bigger and better toys.

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Gary6449   3/31/2011 9:33:00 PM
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There is no more "level playing field" than an engineering curriculum; Everyone takes the same classes, most of us claw our way though differential equations and calculus.. Has anyone ever considered that maybe, just *maybe* -- young women do not find engineering appealing as a career ?

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