Sometimes I hear women engineers say that they just want to be thought of as engineers, that our gender isn't important and we should all be blind to who is or isn't wearing skirts around the office. But that blindness is exactly what made me so unarmed as a college student... I'd never thought about my response to the baby "issue" because I hadn't talked to other women about it. I'd only read the Newsweek headlines about how women "struggle with work-life balance" and figured if I was just an engineer instead of a woman engineer, I could avoid the struggle entirely.
And even if you want to take more time off, the big things don't change. Programming languages, metal fatigue formulas, and Microsoft Office are here to stay. When new cool stuff comes out you'll hear about it at home. My friends who've opted to mom-it-up for a few years are still on facebook, in fact they might be even better at staying up with technology than some of us who are so heads-down in our offices we have to work to research what's new. Skills can go obsolete whether you spend your days on software change requests or diapers.
Sonic# wrote:Though the people who have taken off for other reasons may be more mature and capable workers...
spacefem wrote:that blindness is exactly what made me so unarmed as a college student...
spacefem wrote: If you went into a room and said "I need the tallest people in this room, so all the men come with me" you probably wouldn't get the same result as you would if you lined everyone up by height and took the top half. We do the same thing with engineering way too often.
Sonic# wrote:If these opinions don't matter to you at all, then you are unfit for conversation
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