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Australia High School Preparation

HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION: A 2017 report from Engineers Australia (2017a) found that participation in STEM subjects among year 12 students has been declining since 2001. Participation in advanced mathematics and physics, which are considered fundamental courses for preparing the country's future engineers, has declined from 2001 to 2015, but participation is especially low among girls. […]

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Canada Faculty

Over the span of 10 years, from 2006 to 2016, the proportion of female faculty members is still below 20%. In 2016, the highest percentages of female faculty were observed in lower ranks of academia (e.g. instructors, lecturers, and assistant professors). Women represent slightly over 10% of full professors in engineering. Additional Resources Engineers Canada. […]

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Canada Intention to Pursue an Engineering Career

A survey conducted by Engineers Canada (2016) found that men are more definitive about their intention to pursue a career in engineering compared to women. The most recent data of the 2017 graduating cohort (Engineers Canada, 2017) shows that the majority of students will definitely pursue a career in engineering. When the same group of […]

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Canada Graduate Degrees

The proportion of master’s degrees awarded in engineering to females was 25.5% in 2016, while the proportion of doctorate degrees awarded to females was 20.7%. Among master’s degree holders in engineering, the highest representation of women is in the fields of biosystems and environmental engineering, where they comprise 43.1% and 50.5%, respectively, of the graduates. […]

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Canada Undergraduate Degrees

The proportion of undergraduate engineering degrees awarded to females has been slowly increasing since 2010 but remains below 20% as of 2016. In 2016, women were highly represented among the disciplines of biosystems and environmental engineering, where they compose 41.4% and 39.7%, respectively, of the undergraduate degree holders. However, women were much less represented among […]

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Canada Undergraduate Enrollment

As undergraduate enrollment in engineering programs increases, so too does female undergraduate enrollment in engineering. In 2016, female undergraduate enrollment was 20.7%, surpassing the 20% mark and the previously established record of highest proportion of females set in 2001 (20.6%). Biosystems and environmental engineering have the highest proportion of female students, while civil and chemical […]

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United Kingdom Engineering Workforce

ENGINEERING WORKFORCE: EngineeringUK found that in 2016, while women represent 46.9% of the total UK workforce, only 9.3% of the engineering occupations within the engineering workforce in the United Kingdom were held by women (EngineeringUK, 2018). In 2015-16, among those with a degree in engineering and technology, the proportion of women that do not work […]

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United Kingdom Degree Attainment

DEGREE ATTAINMENT: While the proportion of women pursuing a higher education degree has increased from 40% in 1980 to 56% in 2017, 83% of undergraduates in engineering and technology and 83% of undergraduates in computer science programs are men (WES, 2018). Though the number of first degrees awarded in engineering to women has increased over […]

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United Kingdom Intentions to Major in Engineering

ENGINEERING CAREER EXPECTATIONS: The trend of young people who would consider a career in engineering seems to indicate an overall positive trend among all age groups from 2013 to 2017. Over the selected years, the proportion of students in middle adolescence (ages 14-16) who would consider an engineering career fluctuated more than the proportion of […]

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United Kingdom High School Preparation

HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION: The Women's Engineering Society, a professional organization for women engineers, scientists, and technologists in the United Kingdom, updated a report in 2018 on the state of women in engineering. They found that there has been a slight increase in the representation of women in the engineering workforce in the UK, from 9% […]

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Australia Income Equality

Income inequities exist in the engineering sector, with men earning much more than women. Almost 25% of male engineers earn at least $2,000 per week compared to only 10% of female engineers. Source: Engineers Australia. (2012). Women in engineering: A statistical update. Additional Resources Engineers Australia. (2012). Women in engineering: A statistical update. Data and […]

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Australia Degree Attainment

DEGREE ATTAINMENT: Engineers Australia studied the trends of women's shares of bachelor's degree completions (3 year, 4 year, and double degrees) from 2001 to 2015. In 2015, women received just over 16% of 3 year bachelor's degrees in engineering and 12% of 4 year bachelor's degrees in engineering. The fields of maritime engineering and technology […]

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