19 June 2012
This may be a problem or may not be a problem. The debate continues, as evidenced by the thoughtful comments we get on relevant stories. We've come across some really fascinating female engineers, with candid opinions on whether the industry needs more women to alter the dynamics of problem-solving teams.
Enter Marc Hedlund, lead engineer at the goods-trading site Etsy, where female engineers make up 3 percent of the department. According to a piece in the Wall Street Journal site All Things D, Hedlund has "advertised $5,000 in grants for women to attend a three-month program to turn people with a passion for programming into professional engineers. It’s called Hacker School, and it takes place in New York this summer."
We debate on these posts whether it matters that the percentage of women electronics engineers has increased over time. Readers make valid points on both sides of the "yes"/"no" divide. But the fact that we're talking about it and people like Hedlund are taking initiative without any evident incentives suggests the answer may be "yes."
What do you think?