“The pool of women engineers has increased, but many of them are leaving the profession. Why?”
This article discusses the study “Stemming the Tide” and the reasons why women are leaving the profession.
However, a recent National Science Foundation-funded study shows that women make up about 20% of engineering graduates, but comprise only 11% of practicing engineers despite increased efforts to recruit women into the engineering field. Conflicts associated with starting and raising a family have been widely considered the primary reason why women engineers exit the profession. The research says otherwise. More women are leaving engineering for other reasons, including dissatisfaction with workplace culture and climate.
The article can be viewed here: http://www.nspe.org/PEmagazine/11/pe_1111_Heading.html