23 June 2024

Happy International women in Engineering Day

This years theme is “ENHANCED BY ENGINEERING”

#INWED24

International Women in Engineering Day 2024 is about celebrating the remarkable achievements of women engineers worldwide.

Happy International Women in Engineering Day! We’re sharing some of the companies who have posted their support for you.

INWED main site

International Women in Engineering Day, brought to you by Women’s Engineering Society (WES) will celebrate its 11th year in 2024 and we’ll once again be promoting the amazing work that women engineers across the globe are doing. This year’s theme is #Enhancedbyengineering. INWED gives women engineers around the world a profile when they are still hugely under-represented, with 2021 figures indicating that in the UK only 16.5% of engineers are women. As the only platform of its kind, it plays a vital role in encouraging more young women and girls to take up engineering careers.

Oxford University

The Stem Hub

Have shared various interviews with women engineers

Society of Women Engineers

A champion of women engineers for over 70 years

The Society of Women Engineers is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. (US Based)

Womens Engineering Society

One of the oldest women’s engineering groups

“The Society of Women engineers now renamed the women in engineering society

In 1919 an engineering society was set up for women in engineering to protect the women who had worked towards the war effort in the industry

After the war, the Government, employers and trades unions were against the continuing employment of women.

The Restoration of Pre-War Practices Act 1919 gave soldiers returning from World War I their pre-war jobs back and meant many women could no longer work in roles they were employed to fill during the war.”

WISE Women in Science and Engineering

Slightly younger but very active in the UK. It came out of the finniston report

“The Finniston report was a report into the engineering profession in the United Kingdom, commissioned in 1979 by the Labour government

Looked at the industry and its professional institutions as it had relatively low status in the UK

Wanted to push for legislation and engineering licensing

There was also a demographic decline in 18 year olds at the time and it was anticipated a shortage of engineers in high tech roles

Finniston also recommended the implementation of schemes to increase the number of engineering and science students and attract more women and young people into the profession”

Safety Critical Systems Club (SCSC)

We had a lovely interview with Wendy Owen from the SCSC discussing the industry and its dire shortage of both Safety and Women engineers. It was a lovely and very interesting chat, based on transport as all the interviewees worked in that safety domain.

The Advance of Technology on Transport Systems and the Realities of Recruiting.
With this year’s interviewees, a few common themes were noted in initial discussions; technology/software, transport systems (both civil and military) and recruitment issues. I proposed a group discussion. It included myself, Nicki Lerigo-Smith from Qinetiq www.qinetiq.com, Serrie Chapman from Women’s Tech Hub www.wthub.org and Sindhura
Lang from Ebeni www.ebeni.com. I had not met/spoken to any of them before. It went a bit like this…

Check it out here

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