ERIC Number: ED417972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Multiple Worlds/Mis-Matched Meanings: Barriers to Minority Women Engineers.
Chinn, Pauline W. U.
Despite receiving over 50% of associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in the United States in 1990, women earned only 15% of engineering bachelor's degrees. Polynesian and Filipino women compose an almost vanishing percentage of these engineering graduates. To make visible the social obstacles minority women engineers experience, this paper includes narratives from four women who are close to completing or have recently completed degrees in civil or mechanical engineering. Issues of power, identity, gender, and race emerged in these narratives. Each woman constructed multiple social identities reflecting the norms of her social group. Three believe success as an engineer requires conflicting identities and the fourth woman's story reveals how immersion in a girls' college preparatory academy shielded her from negative ethnic, class, and gender narratives. Contains 21 references. (Author/DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Philippines