by Morgan Lowrie
Originally published: November 29, 2017
In the basement of McGill University's engineering building, Elizabeth O'Meara punches the word "engineer" into a Google Image search and watches the screen fill with pictures of men in construction helmets.
"It's kind of disgraceful," O'Meara tells her audience, a group of Grade 11 students she's hoping to encourage to pursue her own field of study. "Not everyone wears hard hats in engineering.
"And also, they're all dudes. They're also all white."
O'Meara, a 19-year old first-year bioengineering student, is well aware she doesn't represent the face of most engineering hopefuls.