To be or not to be a woman in engineering, that is the question.
Throughout our lives we must make many hard choices and these decisions are what
shapes us into who we are today. It is at these crossroads where we get the option on which path
to take, not knowing where it will lead us. As we transition from high school to university or
college or whichever road it may be, we find ourselves at one of these important life crossroads.
Whether you like to think about it as the door to adulthood or the start to the rest of our lives, this
one small yet stressful decision will open many new possibilities. About a year ago, I was faced
with this exact life changing crossroad. I spent months upon months thinking about what it is that
I wanted to do, that I'm interested in and that I'm passionate about. Although I like to believe
I'm quite artistic, I found myself excelling in things most girls didn't normally enjoy. I was good
at maths and sciences. So when it came time to choosing my destiny, well what does a girl
excelling in STEM do? She choses engineering. Through the analysis on gender in relation to the
androcentric world, this is my experience being apart of the social world of a women in
I wanted to start this journey correctly by describing the very beginning of emerging into
this world. Growing up with two older brothers, I found myself with two role models I always
wanted to be like. Ofcourse, they both went into engineering, and being the stubborn little sister,
I felt like I had something to prove. My parents were always encouraging my brothers, but when
it came to me they would always, and still do, say "if it is too hard, you can always go into the
arts or communications". This essentially sums up the different standards and expectations given
to boys versus girls. I've always been told that engineers are smart, they make a lot of money and
they are considered a high status job, and so when my own parents doubted me it felt like they
didn't believe I was smart enough for the job or that I was lesser person than my brothers.