Women have come a long way throughout the years from gaining the right to vote, to being able to join engineering institutions and flying an aircraft. This is mainly due to strong female leaders standing up for what they believe in and paving a path for the rest of us to follow.
But, only 12% of the UK’s engineering workforce are women. This is shocking. We need more female role models to demonstrate that engineering, which is known to be a male-dominant industry, is a viable option for women. Role models are needed so that the younger generation have someone to look up to and guide them.
There is a lot more work required in the industry before gender parity can be achieved, but showcasing strong female engineers is a great start to addressing this issue. So today, on International Women in Engineering Day we are raising the profile of women engineers and encourage more people to do so!
From the 1800s to now, female engineers continue to make their mark on history, creating ground-breaking inventions that alter our lives day-to-day.
Did you know that the windshield wiper was invented by a woman? Did you know the first computer program was invented by a woman?
Research is beginning to shed light on the long and varied role women have played in engineering, but the standardised history of the field still celebrates lone male engineers, who are (quite literally in the form of statues) put on pedestals. After 100 years, there is still much more work to do.
This is why I am an advocate for women in Engineering and here is my story.