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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.905 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Imprimer: 1072-8325
ISSN En ligne: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v16.i2.40
pages 137-160

OVERCOMING BARRIERS: ENGINEERING PROGRAM ENVIRONMENTS THAT SUPPORT WOMEN

Lisa Tsui
The Urban Institute, USA

RÉSUMÉ

This study examines factors within the program environment that affect the progress of women pursuing undergraduate engineering degrees. Intensive case studies of six mechanical engineering programs that graduate a relatively high proportion of women yielded insight into the interplay of critical environmental elements within departments. Rich qualitative data were collected through a total of 110 interviews and 25 focus groups. Study results give rise to a greater understanding of strategies and approaches that can help engineering women battle the commonplace obstacles of lack of critical mass, chilly climate, and paucity of female mentors and role models.


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