First of all, congrats on your aspiriations! What an accomplishment it will be to become a Petroleum Egnineer. I wish that I could tell you that gender stereotyping does not exist, but that would be a lie. However let me tell you some great things about being a women in "man's world". Things are changing and more and more women are entering into the engineering profession. It is being recognized by the biggest and best companies that women engineers are a vital asset to companies, and thus smart and successful women are being seeked out. NOW is the time to get into the profession. Petroleum engineers can work offshore and onshore. It depends what you want to do and what your goals are. There are millions of engineering jobs in the petroleum engineering field that are suitable for women. It is silly t think otherwise. Really. There are many opportunities out there for women, MANY!! I am a woman in the Natural Gas pipeline industry and yes it is predominately men, but I am respected and treated as everyone else because I got in with a great company. Pleae, for the sake of all women, do not give up and do not be discouraged by other's input. I am sure your friends and family only want what is best for you, but maybe they are unaware of how the world is changing in that aspect.