Engineering and Feminism

Re-imagining Engineering

The following is my script for the brief opening comments I gave at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas event “Is it a feminist position to encourage women to work in male-dominated fields?” on Monday October 28th.


I did not become an engineer because I was a feminist. I became a feminist because I am an engineer.  I didn’t start out interested in, or even aware of, the whole “women in STEM” issue.  I found it when I got here.


I became an engineer because it was the natural choice for a kid who was interested in math and science, and it never occurred to me not to become an engineer just because I was female. In some ways I was extremely lucky—growing up with a father who worked in a technology company was a bonus, and he helped set me up with mentors from an early…

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