I was horrified to read the letter by BA Stewart ( N C E last week). My husband is an engineer and I am a nurse.
With the encouragement and support of my husband I have completed a degree, an MA and am currently a research fellow studying for a PhD.
We are both full time working parents with a six year old son. Our son thrives, he is exposed to diverse stimuli and he is very happy. His parents both lead fulfilled lives that do not involve his mother being tied to the kitchen sink.
My main concern is that Mr Stewart does not have the same opinions as his wife. If these views prevail, women will continue to feel, and be made to feel, that motherhood is incompatible with a career in engineering.
Mark Whitby has spoken clearly in N C E about the need to challenge some of the conventional thinking within engineering. What about starting here?
Josephine Tetley lecturer/research fellow, University of Sheffield, school of nursing and midwifery.
j. w. tetley@sheffield. ac . uk