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Do Female Engineering Students Need Training in Handling Sexism/Ageism?

on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 18:00

By Marilynn Larkin

The answer is “yes,” according to two Drexel University engineering students—and these young women are not alone:  a recent MIT study found that, in the United States, “20% of undergraduate engineering degrees are awarded to women, but only 13% of the engineering workforce is female.” This statistic may be due, at least in part, to the study’s findings that “women often feel marginalized, especially during internships, other summer work opportunities, or team-based educational activities,” which may serve as a catalyst for leaving engineering when it’s time to embark on a