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Progression of UK Women Engineers: Aids and Hurdles

Progression of UK Women Engineers: Aids and Hurdles
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Author(s): Haifa Takruri-Rizk (University of Salford, UK), Natalie Sappleton (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) and Sunrita Dhar-Bhattacharjee (University of Salford, UK)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 21
Source title: Women in Engineering, Science and Technology: Education and Career Challenges
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Aileen Cater-Steel (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Emily Cater (Bupa Health Assurance, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-657-5.ch013

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Abstract

Whilst evidence presented in recent scholarship suggests initiatives aimed at increasing female recruitment to the industry may be proving somewhat effective, retention of female engineers is falling, and there has been minimal progress on breaking down vertical segregation in the engineering workplace. In this chapter the authors explore the situation of women engineers in the UK; they examine, using qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, whether women in engineering do indeed suffer from the application of descriptive and prescriptive stereotypes in the workplace, and how they are able to circumvent them. In particular, the authors instigate the factors, such as self-promotion and confidence, which may aid or hinder the progression of women’s careers. They urge educational institution and engineering industries and organisations to nurture such qualities. Their findings indicate that confidence and self-promotion should be high on the agenda of women engineers to survive and progress in the engineering industry.

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