All the recent talk about engineers ’round these parts has got me feeling a bit left out. You see, back when I was a girl, my parents encouraged my interest in the natural world. And they encouraged my brother’s interest in all things electrical and mechanical. Today, I’m a scientist and he’s an engineer.
I’m not suggesting that my parents consciously or unconsciously steered me away from engineering because I was a girl. Rather, unlike my brother, I didn’t get pushed toward it. It wasn’t until after college that I realized, with my academic interests, I would have been better served by pursuing an undergraduate engineering degree.
So, like the good scientist I am, I’ve got a hypothesis: “More boys than girls with interested in the way things* work get encouraged** to go into engineering.” Y’all are going to help me with the non-scientific data collection, below the fold. Thanks! And please feel free to share any stories in the comments.
* Things broadly defined as both natural and human made.
** Encouraged: promoted, spurred on, recommended, gave confidence to, inspired…by parents, teachers, or other people influential in your life.