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This paper raises questions related to the lagging participation of women in the engineering profession from the point of view of an engineering educator, a foreign-born engineer, a wife, and a mother. An attempt is made to pinpoint factors which appear to hinder the entry of women into engineering and especially prevent them from considering the academic option. Views from a different cultural and social environment may elucidate issues by bringing a new perspective. This in turn may help single out and focus on possible underlying causes.