Women Engineers: Here to Stay

by Ann E. Seltz-Petrash, Production Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 5, Pg. 68-71

Document Type: Feature article


Women represent 51% of the U.S. population; 1% of the engineering profession. That is now changing and, consequently, women graduates are highly sought after. But once hired, many women find the work world conservative and discrimination subtle, but real. In this article, women civil engineers discuss their experiences, both positive and negative, in the work world. Their experiences are important both to other women civils and to men. Affirmative action programs guarantee that men and women professionals will be working together. It will save time and money if they learn to work together well.

Subject Headings: Women | Engineering profession | Affirmative action

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