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.