Women in Engineering links

Recommended links

There is a mountain of information about women in engineering. The following links are to publications and websites recommended by our staff.



Stephanie Wilson (middle) and Women in Engineering students.

Have you ever wondered what being an astronaut was like –and whether you could be one?


Stephanie Wilson, a NASA astronaut and engineering scientist, spoke with female engineering students on 6 July about her experiences in space beginning in 2006. She answered questions from the women about how she applied for acceptance into the space programme, her engineering experiences, and what work and life was like in space.



Interested in robotics?

Check out the Iron Maidens 
An all girl WINNING robotic team. 


The Science Babe - Dr. Debbie Berebichez, PhD in Physics


Episode 1: The physics of high heels

  • Did you know that a 110lb. woman wearing stiletto high heel shoes puts a lot more pressure on the ground than a 6,000lb elephant? Learn what high heel shoes have to do with the laws of physics that XVIIth Century physicist Isaac Newton derived.
  • What makes one high-heel shoe more comfortable than another?
  • What gives a woman the best support and dynamic leverage in her walking style? Why are some surfaces better than others for walking on a high-heel?

Many other questions are answered in this video which talks about the best ways to choose a high-heel shoe and the mechanics of walking and supporting your body in a safe and stylish fashion.


Want to change the world? Think engineering!


It’s everywhere, shaping our world for the better. Whether it’s designing "green" buildings or creating clean water systems for developing countries, engineers improve out quality of life through the practical use of science and maths.

This is a great website for anyone with an interest in engineering and explains the various engineering disciplines and some of the careers that lead on from there. Check it out if you're new to engineering or undecided about what discipline to major in.


Engineer Girl!


The EngineerGirl website is part of a US/Canada project to bring national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls. The website is developed on the advice and recommendations of an advisory board comprising of girls from schools across the country.


Considering postgraduate study in Engineering?


Check out this website which gives you pointers on interpersonal skills and social issues - to assist you in your study.


Future in Tech


Future in Tech is a New Zealand website with information about careers in technology, engineering & science. It has information on companies, what they do and also has a brief outline of scholarships for students in engineering.


Geek Crafts


Right brain. Left brain. Use them to combine both your engineering and creative skills for some extra-curricular projects such as these 'Pi and Pie' earrings. Find more great ideas on Geek Crafts.


In the media

Teachers' resources

Young women in science

Science/AAAS in collaboration with the L'Oréal Corporate Foundation has produced the Young Women in Science booklet. These profiles taken from interviews with young women at the start of their science careers, tell their stories of passion and persistence - what drives and excites them about their work in the sciences.

Mothers in Science: 64 ways to have it all

As part of her Royal Society Rosalind Franklin award, Professor Ottoline Leyser (University of York) has produced a book entitled Mothers in Science. The aim of this book is to illustrate, graphically, that it is perfectly possible to combine a successful and fulfilling career in research science with motherhood, and that there are no rules about how to do this. On each page you will find a timeline showing on one side, the career path of a research group leader in academic science, and on the other side, important events in her family life. Each of the 64 contributors has also provided a brief text about their research and about how they have combined their career and family commitments.

Canadian women in engineering

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in partnership with industrial and academic sponsors, supports a regional programme of Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering. The key goals of the programme are to increase the participation of women in science and engineering and provide role models for women considering careers in these fields.

Visit the Canadian Women in Engineering website to have a look at their programmes and ideas for use in schools.



Check out some of the online videos that just help build the case that Women In Engineering is the way to go!

Engineering.  Imagine that!
Actress Pauley Perette of "NCIS" explains why it is important to get involved in science, engineering, and technology to make a difference to our world.

Carbon is a girl's best friend
Marilyn Munroe sang "Diamonds are a girl's best friend".  That was then.........

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Women in Engineering brochure
Outlines the programmes, support and admission processes for women students interested in studying engineering at The University of Auckland. (865.4 kB, PDF)
Women in Engineering presentation
Engineering is such a diverse profession - check out these New Zealand women studying and working in different branches of engineering. (678.7 kB, PDF)
IEEE Women in Engineering magazine
Women in the industry write about their experiences. (2.7 MB, PDF)


The Bold and the Brave

by Monique Frize

Have you ever wondered if there were woman engineers in the past – and if so who were they? How did women fall in love with the idea of engineering and solving problems? And what were the obstacles and difficulties they faced along the way?

This is a book that will be able to give you some answers to these questions and more.

Visit the publisher's website.


Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail

by Danica McKellar

You may think Danica McKellar is a great actress, but did you know she is also a brilliant mathematician? Of course you're an EngineerGirl so you already know math doesn't suck but your friends might be enlightened by taking one of the "Math Personality Quizzes", and her step-by-step instructions might help you sort out some of those math problems you've been wondering about. Check it out!

Visit the publisher's website.