Will I be overlooked for being a woman?

I was wondering how easy it is in the engineering field of work. I know it it a field that is mostly dominated my males, and all my life I have been ignored or maybe a better word would be looked past because I am a girl, and I didn't want to get into a profession where it would be hard to find a job because of my gender. I have always helped my dad work in the shop and know how to design things then make them happen so I feel like engineering would be a good fit for me but I want to be taken seriously in the working world. If you have time I would love to talk to you about this because I am a freshman and really want to learn about this and see if this is what I want to study for and do for the rest of my life. Thanks.
posted by Rachel, St. Charles on May 12, 2013

Answer by Neha Dobhal

To answer your question, I would like to quote Dr Kelso from the TV Series Scrubs - "Nothing in this world worth having comes easy". An engineering degree is something you will cherish through your life because it will open so many doors for you. It will not be easy, but it certainly is not and will not be impossible. Look around you and draw inspiration from all the wonderful women engineers who are changing the world, one step at a time. It may be a field that is dominated by males currently, not to say, that this cannot change in the coming years. I would encourage you to be a part of this change. It is unfortunate that in the past you may have been ignored because you were a girl. The important takeaway from this, is the fact, that this was the PAST. As long as you give your 100% to your work and do a great job, no righteous person should discriminate against you on gender basis. Perhaps you are aware that engineering is of various kinds. While some may be more suited for men, there is no reason why a woman who does a good job and has the passion for it, will not be hired. Being taken seriously in the working world has got nothing to do with gender bias. This is the 21st century and gender bias cannot stop you from reaching your maximum potential. Hope I answered your question. Feel free to email me if you have further questions. Thanks