No longer one of the boys : negotiations with motherhood, as prospect or reality, among women in engineering - gillian ranson. Though the proportion of women in canadian engineering schools increased annually after 1972, in the last few years it has leveled off at about 20% The growth of women actually practicing the profession is among women in their later 20s, early. The arrival of children seems to be one critical point at which women, but not men, leave the profession, move to part time work and put their careers on the back burner. Mother that may be mutually incongruous and require negotiation and management. This paper explores the challenges of women in male-dominated occupations who face the challenges of being travellers in a male world . Engineering as usually been predicated on the assumption that women must be modified to fit into engineering, not the other way around.