The problem with assumed meritocracies in engineering


Published: 4Apr2019

According to a study co-authored by Professor Brian Rubineau, female engineers find consistent evidence that their profession is not an objective meritocracy, but embrace the belief that it is – thus further perpetuating gender (and other) inequalities.

“Male and female engineers alike internalise the idea that engineering ability may be unequally distributed by gender. Having internalised these ideas, efforts to promote gender diversity in engineering come to be viewed as a threat to the assumed meritocracy”, the researchers write.

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