Late in 2015, Jared, a male engineering student, wrote a letter to the editor of his school’s newspaper, The Easterner.
It is addressed to the women in his engineering class and explains from his point of view why women “are in fact unequal”.explains from his point of view why women 'are in fact unequal' #ILookLikeAnEngineer Click To Tweet
Here is the original letter from the newspaper:
We decided to have Colette, one of our fellow engineers here at RMG Engineers, write a response. We think you’ll find it interesting. Here it is below:
To Jared Mauldin:
Dear Jared, thank you for your impassioned letter to the editor addressed to your fellow women engineering students. While I appreciate your sensitivity to our possible up-hill and unfair fights to become engineers, I believe this is what has made many of us become the professionals we are today.
I tend to agree with you that we are often overlooked in math and science because it’s thought to be too hard for girls. And, maybe, we had to study harder and perhaps put in more hours than our male counterparts based on our lack of back ground math and science skills established in our younger years, but I believe this has led us to persevere in our chosen field of study.
Having to overcome the “boys clubs” and the stereotypical pictures of females has helped us survive in a “man’s world” and, in turn, made us fight for recognition. Perhaps it is overcoming these certain obstacles that has made us stubborn and determined to succeed.Having to overcome the “boys clubs” and the stereotypical pictures of females has helped us survive in a “man’s world” #ILookLikeAnEngineer Click To Tweet
We don’t need the acknowledgement of others to realize our successes and we take personal pride in our work and work ethics.
Jared, I am honored to be your peer and appreciate your awareness of our struggles. Maybe your letter to the editor will make more people cognizant of the hurdles women have in the math and science fields and they, in turn, may start to treat us as equals.
Colette Smith, P.E.
Colette Smith is a structural engineer and works for RMG Engineers in Colorado. She has a Bachelor and Master of Engineering Degrees from the University of South Carolina.