Work Hard, Play Hard: Women and Professionalization in Engineering–Adapting to the Culture
|Title||Work Hard, Play Hard: Women and Professionalization in Engineering–Adapting to the Culture|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Secondary Title||Gender and Society|
Participant observation, focus groups, and in-depth interviews were used to study the professionalization of women enrolled in engineering school. Two aspects of the professionalization process were examined: adapting to the professional culture and internalizing the professional identity. The study found support for a Goffmanesque interpretation of professionalization; engineering students learn how to manage others’ impressions of them as professionals to gain their trust and confidence. Women also must learn to manage impressions male engineers hold of them. They present themselves as competent, nonthreatening, and solidary members of the profession.