Engineering is a growing field but women are grossly underrepresented, with only 12% of engineers being women. Eileen Velez-Vega is an engineer who serves as the assistant vice-president at Kimley-Horn, a consulting firm in the U.S, where she helped to open an office in Puerto Rico in 2010.
Recently, she spoke with The Atlantic's Bourree Lam about what her experiences as a civil engineer, how she feels as a woman in a male-dominated field, and how more females are being seen in this field:
In the 1950s when the Society of Women Engineers was founded, they had a lot of work to do. Now, that work is a little bit easier because these women paved that path for us. People still look at you, like, “Are you sure this is what you want to do?” But strong female engineers are not rare anymore; there are a lot more of us out there.