"...a valid choice for young women."
Despite women's many successes in scientific fields, barriers to entry
into nearly all branches of science have remained numerous. They range
from personal choice for marriage and family--often still believed
incompatible with a demanding career--to inadequate career counselling
and poor teaching in the schools, to resistance from the professionals
themselves. All too often, women who have found access have worked as
volunteers or have remained nameless, shadowed by men whose work
incorporated theirs. Women were believed generally unable to meet
demanding physical standards or the performance levels of men already in
place. It is due to pioneers like geologist Alice Wilson
(Herstory 1974); graduate engineer Elsie
MacGill (Herstory 1989); astrophysicist Jean
Petrie (Herstory 1976); ornithologist Louise de Kiriline Lawrence (Herstory 1986) and
others that women's presence in science has been recognized. More recent is the strong realization that women's
participation is urgently needed.
Engineering means working with people, making decision and
solving problems...a valid choice for young women.