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Feminism in Science

In the conclusion of her article “From ‘Engineeresses’ to ‘Girl Engineers’ to ‘Good Engineers,’” Amy Bix points out a surprising inconsistency in the tendency of women engineers to consider themselves feminists. Though many “embraced the philosophy of feminism,
others actively rejected the label” (43).  I find this contradiction odd due to their position as women in what was a traditionally masculine field. Despite their own perceptions of themselves, these women who discard the term “feminist” from their identity still function as feminist role model for younger generations of girls. Continue reading

Women in Engineering

In the last century, women engineers have faced a number of opportunities and challenges that Amy Bix described throughout her lecture. Overall, women in engineering stood out as an anomaly because historically, engineering has been a very male dominated profession. It’s important to note that even in Webster’s Dictionary from 1959, the definition of ‘engineer’ consisted only of “a man,” signifying that women could never be considered an engineer. Because of this, women’s education seldom consisted of engineering as well – they were trained in other sciences like mathematics, science, etc. – however engineering was almost never a part of their college learning. In fact, women in engineering were such rare occurrences that when women would attend engineering courses, it made front page news portrayed as women invading men’s classes.

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