Submission Title

We are here too: Experiences of Tokenism in Women Majoring in Engineering

Presenter Information

Emma Laufer, Gonzaga University

Session Number

RS10

Location

Robinson 210

Abstract Number

RS10-a

Abstract

This sociological study looks at the experience of women engineer majors at Gonzaga University. The questions that guide this research are focused on Kanter’s theory on how token women experience visibility, polarization, and assimilation. To answer these research questions, in-depth interviews from women engineer majors were conducted and transcribed and coded for themes. Data collection will be completed over the following couple weeks. One preliminary finding is in group projects the women typically take an organizing role due to the assumption by other students and the women themselves that they are supposed to be better at note taking and planning. The male students also tend to be condescending towards women students especially when stuck working with one in a lab. However, others baby the women and prevent her from actually doing anything. These findings reflect only the beginning to the complex discoveries from the research.

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We are here too: Experiences of Tokenism in Women Majoring in Engineering

Robinson 210

This sociological study looks at the experience of women engineer majors at Gonzaga University. The questions that guide this research are focused on Kanter’s theory on how token women experience visibility, polarization, and assimilation. To answer these research questions, in-depth interviews from women engineer majors were conducted and transcribed and coded for themes. Data collection will be completed over the following couple weeks. One preliminary finding is in group projects the women typically take an organizing role due to the assumption by other students and the women themselves that they are supposed to be better at note taking and planning. The male students also tend to be condescending towards women students especially when stuck working with one in a lab. However, others baby the women and prevent her from actually doing anything. These findings reflect only the beginning to the complex discoveries from the research.