Literature Reviews

SWE Annual Literature Review

The purpose of the annual literature review on women in engineering is to present the readers of SWE Magazine a summary of the best scholarly research on the position of women in engineering and related fields. Each year, significant quantities of scholarly research on women in engineering and STEM are published. For the 2016 literature review, we reviewed almost 200 articles, books, and scholarly presentations that attempt to explain why there continue to be relatively few women in engineering and many other technical fields; to describe whether and how those fields are changing to try to attract more women; and to assess programs intended to help recruit and retain more women engineers and scientists. Those with an interest in getting to the bottom of the question of why gender continues to matter in engineering and science can learn much from this published research.

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View the 2016 Literature Review

Listen below to the the Diverse Podcast Episode 14: Women Engineers Research and Current Literature

FY17 President of the Society of Women Engineers Jessica Rannow talks to two authors of SWE Magazine’s Annual Literature Review about research related to women in engineering: Peter Meiksins, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Professor of Sociology at Cleveland State University, and Peggy Lane, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development at Virginia Tech.