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Women in Engineering

A national study conducted by Beede and colleagues (2011) from the Department of Commerce in the US indicated that women only make up 25% of those holding STEM positions, suggesting an underrepresentation of women in STEM-related fields. The underrepresentation of women in engineering is further supported by data from Yoder (2012), which indicated that women only make up 18% of those pursuing engineering undergraduate degrees and only around 20% of those pursuing postgraduate and doctoral degrees in 2011. With that in consideration, universities offering engineering degrees like Purdue and Georgia Technical have developed programs for women in engineering in order to retain women pursuing engineering by providing support and encouragement.

To better understand the issues related to women in engineering, recent research has been conducted to explore strategies of bridging the gender gap. In addition, gender diversity has also been an area of research, which may involve exploring factors regarding gender differences and factors that affect teaching and learning of engineering students who are women, the reasons of their career choice, their preferred learning styles, shift in career paths and disciplines.


  • Kilgore, D., Chachra, D., Loshbaugh, H., McCain, J., Jones, M., & Yasuhara, K. (2007, June). Creative, contextual, and engaged: Are women the engineers of 2020. Paper presented at the 114th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii.