Are we doing enough to encourage girls to pursue careers in Engineering?
It isn't enough (anymore) to say that there are more women in Engineering today then there were 10 and 20 and 30 years ago. The numbers of women in Engineering in these past years was so low that (one would hope) those numbers have gone up. But recently, the percentage of females earning bachelor degrees in engineering has stubbornly remained only steady.
Lots of data suggest that the number of female engineers should be increasing. More high school women are taking Statistics, Calculus, and Physics. More women than men have been enrolled in college since 1978. Women have been earning more college degrees than men since 1981. And the prospects for jobs in engineering is growing.
Opportunities abound; so if you're a middle or high school teacher or principal, or you're a parent of girl, be sure they get the message that they can do anything. Don't feed the stereotype that says men are engineers. Help them to be proud of their abilities and to pursue their dreams.
We need more women to be engineers.