The challenges of being a racialized woman in engineering: Whitney

September 11, 2019

“In the male-dominated field of engineering, I have sometimes wondered if my femininity constrains me,” writes Stephanie Whitney. Despite a 10-year career in engineering consulting, being a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario, and completing a Master’s and Doctoral degree in environment and business, Whitney expresses concern that her identity as a mother and a woman of Asian descent will negatively impact her career. Yet instead of focusing on factors beyond her control, Whitney says that part of the way she overcomes challenges is through reframing her self-talk. “I am determined to amplify my voice so I can have impact in the work I do... I will seek more mentors and be empowered by the stories of strong, successful women,” the author concludes. University Affairs (National)