Women engineers quit over men’s attitudes

The South African engineering sector has evolved to become more gender-balanced, as employment equity measures increasingly ensure equal opportunities for men and women.

That might be the long-term goal of the engineering sector, but it is certainly not the current reality.

In 2013, the Engineering Council of South Africa said almost 11% of the total number of engineers registered with the council were women, but that professional women engineers totalled only 4%.

Is it that women aren’t pursuing careers in engineering, or is there an underlying issue that challenges the opportunities for women to build sustainable careers in this sector?

Read it at the M&G.

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