Why Women Leave Engineering – What Companies and Educators Can Do


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by Dr. Nadya Fouad and Dr. Romila Singh 

Workplace climate is a strong factor in why women leave engineering, according to a new National Science Foundation-funded report, “Stemming the Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering.” Conventional wisdom holds that many women engineers leave their careers to devote time to their families. But the study says this is not the case–that engineering culture is often more to blame.

“This is not a ‘woman problem’,” says Nadya Fouad. “This is the engineering profession’s problem. There are things we can do.”

Stemming the Tide” was conducted by Dr. Nadya Fouad, Professor with the Department of Educational Psychology, and Dr Romila Singh, Associate Professor of Organizations and Strategic Management, Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It was published in March 2011 by the university’s Center for the Study of the Workplace.

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