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Women in Engineering Professions

Engineering remains a male-dominated domain despite the shortage of specialists and the good opportunities on the work market. Thus, the Association of German Engineers (VDI) recorded 58,100 open positions for engineers in its engineering monitor in October 2013. The proportion of women in the mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, and technology (MINT) disciplines remains low. What's more, women also earn less in these fields and occupy fewer management positions.

The special on "Women in engineering professions" provides an overview of the current situation in the engineering professions, and informs on countless projects, funding measures and grants. Interviews with two female managers from industry and academia outline which qualities are helpful to successful female engineers, and how they manage to balance family life with having a career.