Feminisms in Engineering Education: Transformative Possibilities

TitleFeminisms in Engineering Education: Transformative Possibilities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsRiley, D., A. L. Pawley, J. Tucker, and G. D. Catalano
Secondary TitleNWSA Journal

The goal of this paper is to examine the possibilities for explicitly feminist work in engineering and engineering education. What does it mean in engineering contexts to take a feminist perspective, and how might this influence the profession and society? We seek to establish an understanding of feminist perspectives in the engineering community broadly to recognize the connectedness of all forms of social injustice. Thus feminist visions of engineering might address a broad set of concerns such as militarism, racism, and global economic inequality as well as sexism and heterosexism. Our exploration of three feminist frameworks within engineering generates a set of questions for future research and institutional transformation.