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Himanshu Roy

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‘Cyber Sexism’ Hits Female Engineers & How!

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  •  November 2, 2015


Have you ever googled the word engineer and checked out the image results? If you have, then it goes without saying that a revolting amount of pictures are that of men standing in front of a building wearing a hard hat! It’s not that pictures of women engineers are hard to find but as compared to men, they are just a minority.

Doesn’t it seem odd to you that engineering is portrayed as a man’s profession but in the reality women engineers are quite normal. Every now and then when results of engineering exams are announced, don’t we see countless women toppers making the cut to the IITs? That is why, it is plain dumb to hold this perception.

Ok guys, engineering is not only about wearing hard hats because of large array of career avenues which are available in the tech field. What exactly is the use of hard hat to a techie working as a computer engineer?

Apparently this cyber sexism has grabbed the attention of some of the premier engineers in the world and left them worrying. They believe that this sort of cyber sexism actually can make girls wanting to pursue engineering think twice about choosing the career.

Paul Jackson, who is none other than the chief of engineering UK says that going by the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, it is indeed a serious matter that in most of the websites engineering is portrayed as a profession dominated by men. He also predicts that in the coming years, there will be a requirement of around 1.82 million engineers, and we can surely expect girls to shine in this profession.

He thinks that cyber sexism will not only result in dissuading the girls from joining this profession but by showing clichés like hard hats and helmets with engineering it will keep people in the dark about the numerous opportunities available in the field.

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