• Engineering A Chip On Their Shoulder
Engineering A Chip On Their Shoulder
31 Dec, 2017, 1 Comment

Summary: Reverse gender bias?....

(My father is a senior engineer for a national technology company. He has received notification that a newly hired engineer, fresh out of college, is being added to his team. He hasn’t met the engineer, but was given their name, which is one that could easily belong to someone of either gender. He goes to meet this new engineer in the lobby on the first day. He goes out and sees a woman waiting.)

Father: “Hello, you must be [New Engineer]. I’m [Father]; I’m the senior engineer on our team.”

New Engineer: “Bet you weren’t expecting a woman, we’re you?”

Father: “I wasn’t exactly expecting either a man or a woman. I was expecting an engineer.”

New Engineer: “And to you age 50+ engineers, engineer means man, right? Women can be engineers, too, you know. They are just as capable as men.”

Father: “I have no problem with female engineers. In fact, I’m married to one.”

New Engineer: “You mean a manufacturer who would have been an engineer if you let her.”

Father: “No. I mean she has a master’s degree in civil engineering.”

New Engineer: *scoffs* “How kind of you to finally let her go back to school and finally get the degree that matched her skills.”

Father: “She’s had her master’s degree since the early 80s. In fact, she had a master’s degree before I did.”

New Engineer: “Wow, really? She’s one of those trailblazing female engineers?!”

(She suddenly is bizarrely star-struck.)

New Engineer: “Oh, I have to meet her! Was she part of the founding of the female engineer societies?”

Father: “She thought about it. But she realized something that maybe you could learn from. She decided to stop trying to convince everyone that women could be engineers and just prove it.”

notalwaysright.com 27/6/2017

  • MyPassion

    02 Jan, 2018

    Gender, skin colour or religion; it shouldn't make any difference and I've answered to all of those different that are different to me. Just be prepared and capable to do the job and not be placed in that position of responsibility just because of your...... gender, skin colour or religion. The largest mining organisation/s in the world pushes for gender and pay equality. And so they should, but I hate to admit witnessing, more than once the wrong person for the job being promoted or hired at the expense of the other.
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