Mentors and role models are critical in the professional development and growth of the rising generations. Seeing people who “look like you”, be it gender, race, ethnicity or other diverse identities, is important in believing that you, too, can succeed. Ingrid Bauer makes the case for the impact of and, therefore, need for more female role models in engineering (and overall STEM) education.
Full WEPAN conference proceedings on “The Need for Female Role Models in Engineering Education” here.
Also check-out trends, findings, and tools regarding women in STEM at the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (National IWITTS), and subscribe to the WomenTech Educators Newsletter.