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Preconceptions run deep in us all

Letters

Helen Bradley (NCE 15 June) quoted the opinion of her white middle class male colleagues that they were not to blame for the profession's poor equal opportunities record. I do not think most WMCMs realise how biased they are.

Comments such as those I heard at a recent British Tunnelling Society meeting about 'a programme for the wives' on a forthcoming event only confirm my views that the attitudes of WMCMs are so ingrained that their owners do not even know that they possess them. Many of my WMCM colleagues seem to think that the current debate is amusing rather than serious. I am also of the opinion that women's attitudes to themselves are partly responsible. We have been brought up (sorry mum! ) feeling that to be assertive or self-promoting is undesirable in women.

Wake up boys (and girls), you are not as liberated as you thought you were.

Beth Robertson, assistant engineer, Halcrow Group, RobertsonE@halcrow.com

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