International Women in Engineering Day
Female engineers are innovators who continue to build a brighter future for us all, this day is a time to celebrate them! The theme for International Women in Engineering Day 2022 was ‘Inventors and Innovators’. The goal of this day is to continue to make engineering an inclusive and accepting space for everyone to thrive and achieve.
At this point, it’s estimated that 13-14% of those in engineering professions are women and it is crucial we increase this. As we have seen in studies, groups work better when they are amongst diversity. They display more creativity, innovation and make more comprehensive decisions. So not only is this equality important for results, but crucial for how we build and sustainably maintain our societies.
By addressing the social factors in these environments that cause this imbalance, such as gender biases and stereotypes, the male-dominated workplaces and educational environments, as well as the rates of sexual harassment, we can begin to improve the environments that these female engineers go into and create environments that cater to creating the diversity we need. We cannot create the relevant products if the diversity of the society they are catering to is not reflected in the diversity of their team.
Visit the website to learn more about why this issue is important, and ways that we can help. This year, Engineers Australia are also holding events for International Women’s Day in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane from 7-9 March 2023. You can take a further look at what they’ve got planned and register now on their website. Change happens when we all do our part.