CAIRN-INT.INFO : International Edition

Based on the analysis of interviews, this article describes the schooling experience of girls who have chosen non-traditional options such as technology, civil engineering or thermal engineering. The subject is tackled from various angles: the motives behind their choice; their relations with the boys they study with: from the favorable dispositions of a few to the resistance of the majority, as shown by sexist jokes as well as their overprotection, isolation or relegation to low-ranking tasks in the workshops; relations with the professors, helpful in some cases, more or less discriminatory in other cases; finally, their professional projects, some girls hoping to get a job related to their training, others drawing pessimistic conclusions from their internships as to their professional insertion, and therefore envisaging a more or less complete reorientation. The division of territories that turns technical and industrial jobs into male territories is still vivid and turns female presence into an everyday struggle.


    Nicole Mosconi
    Rosine Dahl-Lanotte
    This is the latest publication of the author on cairn.
    Distribution électronique pour La Découverte © La Découverte. Tous droits réservés pour tous pays. Il est interdit, sauf accord préalable et écrit de l’éditeur, de reproduire (notamment par photocopie) partiellement ou totalement le présent article, de le stocker dans une banque de données ou de le communiquer au public sous quelque forme et de quelque manière que ce soit.
    Loading... Please wait