Dilemmas of girls and women in engineering

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Subtitle: a study in Portugal
Author list: Araújo AM
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Publication year: 2013
Volume number: 66
Issue number: 3
Start page: 330
End page: 344
Number of pages: 15
ISSN: 0013-1911
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


The reason that girls and women withdraw from science and technology
education and careers has been a universal concern in the social
sciences. This study investigated how gendered constructions of identity
are translated into the barriers and fears that female students and
professional women experience in decision-making about their careers. We
conducted interviews with 63 girls and 39 women in academic and
professional engineering careers, focusing on their interpersonal
relationships with boys and men in their school and occupational
engineering settings, respectively. Participant discourse highlighted
the difficulties women face when managing the antagonistic discourses of
femininity and masculinity in a social environment in which they are
frequently forced to submit to hegemonic masculinity. The consequences
of women’s differing discourses about the “masculine world” and the
“feminine world” are discussed, and some strategies for creating more
equalitarian relational environments in school and work settings are


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