Women in Engineering
Engineering is still a male-dominated profession and this is probably due to the fact that teachers and parents were, in the past, not informed on what Professional / Chartered Engineering is all about. One reason for this is that career guidance teachers and parents rarely have any dealings with engineers, so they do not know what an engineer's work entails. However, they would have dealings with doctors, lawyers and other professionals and so would know what their work involved.
It is said that the first female engineer in the world to graduate in engineering was Alice Perry, B.E., who graduated with first class honours in civil engineering from University College, Galway, Ireland, in 1906.
Increasingly, young women are choosing engineering as a suitable career. In the UK the number of Girls taking an engineering degree course as compared to Boys is 30%. In Ireland the percentage is about 10%. In the United States and Canada enrolment of women for some engineering degree courses can be as high as 50 %.
Women can have the necessary characteristics to become good engineers just as men can. One survey has shown that 88.5 % of the women engineers interviewed classified their job as *challenging* , 72 % as * exciting *, and 79.5 % as * personally rewarding *. All the women interviewed would encourage girls leaving school to consider engineering as a career. As well, all of them pointed out that the field is so wide nowadays that there are a vast number of options for anyone with the basic aptitudes and attitudes.