‘ Walking the tightrope’ is the name of a recent study that brings into fore the huge gap in employment between male and female Engineers from India.
Female engineers at the moment face a 5 times more chance of being unemployed than their male counterparts in India. This rate is unfortunately on the rise and seems to affect almost all regions of the country.
The study intended to present an insights into gender bias as experienced in ‘ Western engineering companies ‘ operating in the country.
It seemed to suggest that both the genders face discrimination at the workplace and in their field but in different forms.
“Women are more likely to experience gender bias, while men face bias based on where they come from and their language spoken,”
– said the report.
44 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women engineers said they faced bias due to the state or region they are from.
This finding was a result off a partnership between the The Society of Women Engineers and the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
The survey was conducted online beginning Fall 2017 among a cross section of 693 engineers across a variety of disciplines, engineering sectors and employment levels.
45 per cent women as compared to 30 per cent men reported feeling pressured to play submissive roles at work.
40 per cent of men and women reported that women should work less after having children.
27 per cent of men and women reported that men should work more after having children.
There were occasions where men reported facing more bias than women. Out of engineers without kids, 50 per cent men as opposed 39 per cent women reported that they ended up working overtime due to a skewed perception of them having “no life”.