Although 20 percent of engineering graduates are women, only 11 percent of professional engineers are women, according to the National Science Foundation. Women account for 47 percent of the labor force, and more than 40 percent of all four-year degrees granted in the last 5 years--making women's representation in engineering even more troubling.

The numbers are a stark reminder that there is much work to be done to bring gender balance to the fields of engineering and technology.

The high attrition rate of those who pursue a different career path, even after obtaining an engineering degree is further evidence that achieving gender...

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Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura