International Women in Engineering day was set up in 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society. It is a campaign to raise the profile and awareness of women in STEM sectors, and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.
It has never been more important to address the skills shortage, both in terms of young engineers as well as female engineers, as there is a large skills gap in the industry and a need for a more diverse workforce.
Whilst we’re not there yet, the gender gap in the STEM fields is decreasing. Although unevenly distributed, it is taking steps in the right direction as more and more women are becoming recognised in the industries.
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“It’s essential for girls to see that they have a future in STEM, and for women to see that they can progress in STEM careers all the way to the top.” (Suw Charman-Anderson, Founder of Ada Lovelace Day)
Sources: inwed.org.uk, wes.org.uk, The Engineer, The IET