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It is a global issue that the ‘pipeline’ leading to STEM occupations begins to ‘leak’ after graduation from STEM subjects, and the leakage tends to be much more severer for women. This study adds to current discussions on the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, emphasizing the roles of gender and family engineering social capital in the career choices of female engineering students in China. The study follows an explanatory mixed-methods research design including a survey and interviews. The survey was completed by 508 Chinese engineering undergraduates at Chinese universities and created a quantitative descriptive landscape that situates the qualitative element of the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 female engineering newly graduates to explain the underneath complexities of the quantitative discourse.


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