A Survey on the Experiences of Women in Engineering: An Institutional Study

Omowunmi Mary Longe, Oladunni Bimpe Imoukhuede, Adebukola Adebusayo Obolo, Khmaies Ouahada

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Engineering is a very challenging profession, but more challenging for women to participate from classrooms to workplaces. Some of these challenges include gender discrimination, male dominance, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and leadership challenges, to mention, but a few. Notwithstanding, some young female career seekers have defied these challenges to still pursue a career in engineering. In this paper, a case study of women engineers chosen from a higher institution of learning in Nigeria was considered. Primary data were obtained and analysed from questionnaire served to female engineering students at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria. Secondary data on students' enrolment and staff employment were also obtained from the faculty of engineering of same institution for analyses. This paper presents their experiences and challenges; and also made some recommendations towards better representation, participation and retention unto retirement of women in engineering in Nigeria.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE AFRICON 2019
Subtitle of host publicationPowering Africa's Sustainable Energy for All Agenda: The Role of ICT and Engineering, AFRICON 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132891
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019
Event2019 IEEE AFRICON, AFRICON 2019 - Accra, Ghana
Duration: 25 Sept 201927 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE AFRICON Conference
ISSN (Print)2153-0025
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0033


Conference2019 IEEE AFRICON, AFRICON 2019


  • Engineering
  • Female Engineers
  • Female Undergraduate Engineering Students
  • Women in engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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