The Gendered Construction of the Engineering Profession in the United States, 1893-1920

TitleThe Gendered Construction of the Engineering Profession in the United States, 1893-1920
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsFrehill, L. M.
Secondary TitleMen and Masculinities
Abstract

This article examines how U.S. engineers constructed their profession within the context of changing structural conditions and hegemonic masculinity between 1893 and 1920. The professionalization of engineering and the linkages between engineering practitioners and colleges were forged during this period. At the same time, conditions for the construction of a powerful masculine self-identity in the workplace were also changing. Engineers’reflective and informative writings about their field in the professional publication Engineering News, the Proceedings of the annual conferences of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, and two career guidance books (all from the 1893–1920 period) document how engineers constructed their profession as a masculine one.

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