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Women want more


Reading Antony Oliver's comment (NCE 18 April), it is surely not just lack of information that limits the numbers of female engineers sticking with engineering?

For women, the decision to do engineering is still a bold move away from tradition and society expectation. It takes some courage. For men, it is an easy, sometimes even default, decision along a route where they feel comfortable.

So, to make a broad generalisation, you generate a mixture of ambitious and highly motivated women, together with men who are getting the satisfaction they need doing an expert job and earning an adequate wage.

The stereotype male engineer tends to stay where he is, nervous of his abilities outside his default career. While the more liberated women pursue their aims and move onward wherever it takes them - often, regrettably, beyond engineering.

Jon Bally, Littlecote, Two Dells Lane, Orchard Leign, Chesham, Bucks HP5 3QZ

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