Feminisms in Engineering Education: Transformative Possibilities

Riley, Donna; Pawley, Alice L.; Tucker, Jessica; Catalano, George D.
National Women’s Studies Association Journal

The goal of this paper is to examine the possibilities for explicitly femi-nist 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 under-standing 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