The aerospace industry shows an underrepresentation of women, despite a qualified pool of women candidates. While women represent half of the overall workforce and half of the bachelor's level population, women comprise only 26% of the employee base in U.S. aerospace corporations. The qualitative study of women's experiences highlights two areas of concern—recruitment and retention—by assessing both positive (attracting, assisting, and compelling) and negative (preventing, dissuading, or disenfranchising) events and influences on women in aerospace. Women currently working in aerospace were interviewed to understand the factors encouraging or detracting from recruitment and retention in the industry, such as harassment, discrimination, interest in the field, skills, opportunities, knowledge of the field, pay, work/life balance, and work density. The study indicated that women while experiencing some improvement still experience discrepancies in treatment due to negative factors. Suggestions for improvement include: proactive involvement in the community focusing on students at each grade level from elementary through college, recruitment aimed at female students, female internship programs, industry tours for female students, work with local city groups promoting STEM, add career enhancement and mentoring programs aimed at women, and educate industry personnel of the female culture and viewpoint.
|Adviser||Shelley R. Robbins|
|Subjects||Women's studies; Management|
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