Why girls don’t become engineers

This morning, I gave a presentation to a class of fifth graders. Just 15 minutes in the classroom in which I tutor. I began with a very simple question. “What does an engineer look like?”

A couple boys raised their hands. I called on the first one. “They fix cars.”

“Actually, mechanics fix cars. But mechanical engineers design cars.”

I called on another boy. “They wear yellow hard hats. Like in construction.”

“Engineers sometimes wear hard hats. And some work with construction workers. They are civil engineers. They design towers and bridges and make sure that structures can stand up and not fall down.”

I pointed at the third boy who stated, “They are big and scary!”

I laughed and exclaimed, “I know that guy!”

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