Gender Gap Persists In Oklahoma’s Engineering Schools

Monday, June 11, 2012

When Morgan Weatherspoon sits in class, it’s obvious she’s in the minority.

Weatherspoon, a chemical engineering major at the University of Oklahoma, is enrolled in a summer course at OU. Out of a class of about 30 people, Weatherspoon can count on one hand the number of other women in the class.

Being one of only a few female students in OU’s College of Engineering has never been a problem for her, she said — she’s never been made to feel inferior, and her perspective is generally respected. At the same time, she said, it’s difficult not to notice.

“It’s pretty obvious when you look at it,” she said. “It’s just really apparent."

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