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Subtle Stressors Making Women Leave Enineering

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Female retention in engineering remains a persistent problem. Even after overcoming hurdles to enter the profession, women leave at much higher rates than men, often because of the stress that comes with being female in a male-dominated field. This stress can be quite overt, like when women face instances of gender discrimination or harassment; but our research shows that it can also be subtle, like when women feel that their contributions are less valued than their male peers’ because tasks and roles have been gendered. When experienced daily, this kind of subtle stress can become depleting.https://hbr.org/2018/11/the-subtle-stressors-making-women-want-to-leave-engineering?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1N2W8_EbjfGLZPauY8HZS4wX6RXImnGhpj1dSg_Vixwv7nOTxk_EdouJM
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It is hard for a woman to work in a work environment where her skills and contribution is not appreciated. I can imagine the stress of working with men who look down on you because you are a woman.
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Why do you think women leave engineering?
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Story of my life. I watched male colleagues go out to present my work to customers who didn't even know my name. Speaking up did not fix it either. I was always in the lab while others took credit for my results. That being said, I'm not going anywhere. I will find a company who values not only my work, but also me.
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hi
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Story of my life. I watched male colleagues go out to present my work to customers who didn't even know my name. Speaking up did not fix it either. I was always in the lab while others took credit for my results. That being said, I'm not going anywhere. I will find a company who values not only my work, but also me.
Pro Tip: “Companies” don’t value any individual, male or female. They (and quite rightly so) value profitable contributions. Get out of your feelings, and keep working hard. Everybody goes through this. Get over it.
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Story of my life. I watched male colleagues go out to present my work to customers who didn't even know my name. Speaking up did not fix it either. I was always in the lab while others took credit for my results. That being said, I'm not going anywhere. I will find a company who values not only my work, but also me.
I'm sure companies love you and your mindset. Works best for them.
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Not just a problem in Engineering, it’s widespread across traditionally male dominant fields.
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Not just a problem in Engineering, it’s widespread across traditionally male dominant fields.
Maybe this has something to do with 'male dominant' countries, rather than industries. This one, and the US, being good examples.
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Not just a problem in Engineering, it’s widespread across traditionally male dominant fields.
Yay, because when women fail, men are to blame! How unfortunate for men we haven't been socially awarded the right to blame our lack of success on the opposite sex.
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Yay, because when women fail, men are to blame! How unfortunate for men we haven't been socially awarded the right to blame our lack of success on the opposite sex.
Not sure where you picked up the blaming component from this article or my comment. The article is trying to highlight some of the reasons women are leaving a field that lacks gender diversity, looking specifically at women in Engineering. My comment was highlighting that Engineering is not relevant to only engineering but also other traditionally male dominant industries. I have yet to read an article or research on women in workforce that points to the same trend in female dominant industry.
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