Female engineering student?

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I like math and science. I am good at math. I really would like to study engineering. My only problem is if I face sexism. I must admit I am very sensitive. I fear coming across mean male classmates who will always say sexist comments about me. If you were/was an engineering student, did you see any of your female classmates getting attacked by sexist comments?
 

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I like math and science. I am good at math. I really would like to study engineering. My only problem is if I face sexism. I must admit I am very sensitive. I fear coming across mean male classmates who will always say sexist comments about me. If you were/was an engineering student, did you see any of your female classmates getting attacked by sexist comments?

Why do you think any of this would be exclusive to engineering?
 
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Why do you think any of this would be exclusive to engineering?


I'm just trying to encourage myself to study engineering but I sometimes feel discouraged.
 
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I'm just trying to encourage myself to study engineering but I sometimes feel discouraged.

Why are you discouraged? I mean, if it's because you think people will treat you weird because you're a female engineer, then you should get over that. People may say you're weird for being an engineer, but college is not about gaining acceptance from anyone. It's about doing your classes, passing them, and getting your degree.
 
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We need more engineers! The sex of the engineer is not even part of the equation. If you have the math skills, you will earn the respect of your classmates. Creating elegant solutions to complex problems, is one of the greatest aspirations of humanity.
 
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When I started in engineering at Orono, there were 305 students. 5 were females.

Please look at your vocation and your job prospects and don't spend too much time on gender. You can do well - just learn the course-work and learn how to apply that material.
 
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I like math and science. I am good at math. I really would like to study engineering. My only problem is if I face sexism. I must admit I am very sensitive. I fear coming across mean male classmates who will always say sexist comments about me. If you were/was an engineering student, did you see any of your female classmates getting attacked by sexist comments?

With an attitude you'll get nowhere im afraid. If you are that scared of what someone is going to say to you in a classroom you'll get bullied to hell by clients. I think i'm pretty strong willed, don't really care what people think or say and I get beaten into a corner by them.

I did motorsports, so yes we were sexist towards the two girls on the course, more becuase we all ribbed each other and they were treated no different. They gave as good as they got.

Anyway what are you doing on a science forum? Shouldn't you be here?

Why do you care what someone says anyway? I'm clearly just an idiot on a forum. You've got to distinguish between joking sexism whcih you WILL get and real sexism, which i've never seen at university
 
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With an attitude you'll get nowhere im afraid. If you are that scared of what someone is going to say to you in a classroom you'll get bullied to hell by clients. I think i'm pretty strong willed, don't really care what people think or say and I get beaten into a corner by them.

I did motorsports, so yes we were sexist towards the two girls on the course, more becuase we all ribbed each other and they were treated no different. They gave as good as they got.

Anyway what are you doing on a science forum? Shouldn't you be here?

Why do you care what someone says anyway? I'm clearly just an idiot on a forum. You've got to distinguish between joking sexism whcih you WILL get and real sexism, which i've never seen at university


Hahahahaha! I'm just a little paranoid. Let's just say high school years were hell for me and some of that is still with me. I am contemplating nursing as well which is another problem. I don't know which one to choose.
 
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Hahahahaha! I'm just a little paranoid. Let's just say high school years were hell for me and some of that is still with me. I am contemplating nursing as well which is another problem. I don't know which one to choose.
Nursing can be wearing on you, unless you are really thick-skinned. You'll see a lot of pain and suffering that many of us are insulated from. I have a few friends who are nurses. Only one is still married to her HS boyfriend, and she is an ER nurse who sees a lot of the most critical cases roll through those doors.
 
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I am unsure which on to do. I like the idea of nursing and engineering. I am also looking at which one will get me a job the fastest and easiest. I heard engineering is a lot of work. My mother's a nurse so that is kind of encouraging me to go for nursing. I just need to know the pros and cons of each.
 
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I think it's your attitude that's the problem, not that of your prospective classmates. Just prove yourself as a good engineer like everyone else has to. Engineering is naturally an environment where there's a lot of pisstaking (regardless of your demographic), respect has to be earned.
 
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when i was in college..after failing calculus the second time ...i was told ."Mike ..the world need ditch digger too"
personally i have never been harassed about my sex....
 

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I haven't heard any sexist comments directed towards female engineering students in any of my classes. Don't worry about it.
 
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Thanks people! :smile: My next question is which is better engineering or nursing?
 
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i gotta tell you the dollars are in nursing..way big dollars..[STRIKE]right now[/STRIKE]..after obama care hits...big government may start to regulate your wages...ask you mom about the take home pay and what she is being told about her job future..
 
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I'm a male engineering student, and I'd be incredibly happy to befriend a female engineering student. I think women are highly underrepresented in the profession, and girls + brains = awesome. I think you'll find a lot of the nerdier engineers would be just as happy to see you there. The times are changing. Don't be afraid of other people's opinions.

As for 'better', I think engineering is better than nursing, but I'm an engineering student. If you're good at math and science, and enjoy the thought of designing complex machinery, then I wouldn't "waste" my time in nursing. Anyone can be a nurse, judging from the quality of nursing students I've seen. Not anyone can be an engineer.

Also, the guy above me is paranoid and clearly a right-winger with a tremendous bias and a chip on his shoulder... Engineers typically start out with salaries on the order of USD50k/60k, and double that after about a decade.
 
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I like the sound of that! This is a tough decision! I also put in mind which is easier to build up a good resume. I am looking for a job that reflects upon my major.
 
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My niece got her degree in nursing and right out of college went on to about 75k per year.
 
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Thanks people! :smile: My next question is which is better engineering or nursing?

You're asking in the wrong place.

Everyone here will say.... uhh nursing is better!
As where the big bucks are, everyone here will say.... uhh, nursing!
And the place where working circumstances are easy on you.... uhh, nursing! :smile:

However, if you want to know where you're doing a social job, helping people, taking care of their needs..... uhh engineering! :wink:
 
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I'm a male engineering student, and I'd be incredibly happy to befriend a female engineering student. I think women are highly underrepresented in the profession, and girls + brains = awesome. I think you'll find a lot of the nerdier engineers would be just as happy to see you there. The times are changing. Don't be afraid of other people's opinions.

Yah nothing like telling a girl that the guys will be drooling all over her if she becomes an engineering major.

I like the sound of that! This is a tough decision! I also put in mind which is easier to build up a good resume. I am looking for a job that reflects upon my major.

You're looking at this career decision the wrong way. If you don't like being a nurse and still do it, you'll eventually crash and burn. If you don't like being an engineer and still do it, you'll eventually crash and burn. Engineering is hard but nursing has it's own difficulties. There is no "better" job field. And no amount of money can make you happy doing a job you dislike.
 
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Yah nothing like telling a girl that the guys will be drooling all over her if she becomes an engineering major.

Oh grow up. She asked if she'd encounter hateful and sexist comments. She won't. I didn't say they'd be drooling over her. I said I for one wouldn't bat an eye at the prospect of befriending a female engineer. As a feminist, I merely stated that sexism is going away in the engineering profession, at least among students. Sure, the nerds will be curious, and rightfully so (the 5:1 ratio of males to females in engineering makes it rather difficult to find someone who is motivated by the same professional interests that you are); however, she won't be 'drooled on'. In fact, by saying what you said, I actually regret making my comment, because apparently sexism isn't as dead as I thought it was...
 
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Oh grow up. She asked if she'd encounter hateful and sexist comments. She won't. I didn't say they'd be drooling over her. I said I for one wouldn't bat an eye at the prospect of befriending a female engineer. As a feminist, I merely stated that sexism is going away in the engineering profession, at least among students. Sure, the nerds will be curious, and rightfully so (the 5:1 ratio of males to females in engineering makes it rather difficult to find someone who is motivated by the same professional interests that you are); however, she won't be 'drooled on'. In fact, by saying what you said, I actually regret making my comment, because apparently sexism isn't as dead as I thought it was...

Don't try to BS us. You said what you said and we all know how students can be.
 
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At my university, there seem to be at least two programs that are majority female (over 50+% of the undergraduates) chemical and materials. No idea why, it just seems to be that way.

I think the overall female / male undergrad ratio sits at about 40/60. Programs designed to bring girls into engineering and sciences (if you have the talent, why shouldn't you be a science / engineering student) have gone a long way towards increasing this ratio. The Civil Engineering building (built somewhere between the 1940s and 1960s) used to have male / female washrooms on alternating floors, prior to a recent gutting / renovation.

The reason? When the building was first designed, the architects / engineers decided that there weren't any women in engineering, and so didn't bother to put in women's washrooms (except on the administration, okay secretarial, floor). Norms and attitudes change: If you don't want to be subject to stereotypes, don't subscribe to them. You may find someone (and this will be exceedingly rare) that is flat-out misogynistic (racist, antisemitic, etc.) and probably more people that aren't maliciously so, but have certain stereotypes in mind for various groups of people, but you won't see any official sanctioning of this at any major university in the US / Canada / Europe.

EDIT: Meant to say that abusive behaviour / language is seldom ever tolerated and usually penalized under honour codes.
 
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This reminds me of

http://xkcd.com/385/

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Oddly enough, a couple of years back girls had surpassed boys in mathematical standardized testing and are probably doing even better this year. Couple that with the fact that I believe the college graduate ratio is now 6 girls for every 4 boys graduating (or we're closing in on that ratio) and one wonders when guys will become the exception rather than the rule in science.

I personally subscribe to the idea that if you let two people work with a certain person, tell one of those two people that the person they're going to be working with is racist or sexist, that person is going to find a reason to believe they're racist or sexist while the other won't. We had two girls in our physics department while I was attending. One thought that physics was a sexist field and certain professors were sexist. The other didn't think that at all. Of course, wouldn't you know it, the first girl dropped out and complained the department was sexist. The straw that broke the camels back apparently was an e/m test being too hard. Yes.... the exact same test everyone else took (also the test she didn't bother studying for or really do the homework for). I have no idea how you equate a hard test that was given to everyone as sexist but that was the logic.
 

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