Women's participation in product design education

Wendy Mayfield
1997, Vol. 2, No. 2,


Women are significantly under-represented on product/industrial design degree courses in the UK with obvious consequences for participation in the professional arena.

This paper

presents evidence of the low numbers of women applying and enrolling on courses

considers the possible effects for the industry

explores some of the issues raised as a result of ongoing research into the experiences of women in pre-degree education (primarily school education).

The paper concludes with proposals for positive action and the responsibilities of schools, further/higher education and the profession to promote product design ad a suitable education//career post for women.

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