Women in Engineering: Gender, Power, and Workplace Culture

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Social Science - 248 pages
Who are the women who became engineers in the 1970s and 1980s?

How have they fared in the most male-dominated profession in America? This is the first book to answer these questions. It explores the backgrounds, family lives, work experiences, and attitudes of engineers in order to explain the unequal patterns of career development for women, who generally hold lower positions and receive fewer promotions than their male counterparts. McIlwee and Robinson synthesize two theoretical approaches frequently used to explain the status of women in the workforce--gender role and structural theories--providing new insights into improving women's careers in traditionally male occupations.

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Contents

WOMEN IN ENGINEERING A PROMISE UNFULFILLED?
1
WOMENS WORK AND ENGINEERING THEORETICAL ISSUES
7
PATHS TO ENGINEERING
23
COLLEGE EXPERIENCES
46
ENCOUNTERING THE ENGINEERING WORKPLACE
79
THE CULTURE OF ENGINEERING IN THE WORKPLACE
109
THE FAMILY AND THE ENGINEERING CAREER
144
CONCLUSION
175
RESEARCH METHODS
193
QUESTIONNAIRE AND INTERVIEW SCHEDULES
201
NOTES
217
BIBLIOGRAPHY
221
SUBJECT INDEX
235
NAME INDEX
243
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Judith S. McIlwee is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego.

J. Gregg Robinson is Associate Professor at Grossmont College, El Cajon, California.

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