Inspiring and shaping the world – together
It’s International Women in Engineering Day! A worthy celebration, but in my view every single day is Women in Engineering Day. Everyday men and women, together, are developing tech to improve the way we work, live, play and importantly make the world a better place.
Women, however, are still often under-represented in both academic and professional fields of engineering, despite being at the forefront of some of the world’s greatest inventions. How can we accelerate the closing of this gap and inspire the next generation of female engineers?
I’ve always had a passion for engineering and the sciences. From an early age, I had an inquisitive outlook and thirst for understanding how things function. Throughout my career, I’ve never felt held back by being me – being a woman. I just got on with it.
No one should feel limited by their gender, and there should be equal opportunities for all in all professional aspects of science and engineering.
Statistics on the number of women in engineering globally, however, show a male dominance. Numbers do vary across the world. For example, according to European analysis done in 2018 (Eurostat) of the 15 million scientist and engineers, 59% were male and 41% female. This gap expands when looking at those working in manufacturing specifically, where 79% of scientists and engineers were male.
Passion for engineering usually starts at an early age. Sustained education and establishing role models for girls is an important answer to solving imbalances. Statistics suggest that girls are less likely to consider engineering as a profession when studying at school, which must be addressed if we are going to see greater cohorts entering academic and professional paths.
Role models provide huge inspiration to stimulating interest in engineering and sciences. We are lucky to have so many women engineers of our time inspiring others to follow and even forge new professional paths such as:
Mary Barra – CEO General Motors
Christiana Koch – NASA astronaut
Fabiola Gianotti – CERN Director-General
Within ABB I am privileged to work with so many amazing female engineers who inspire me and others throughout the organization. Some share below what drives and inspires them:
Over the next decade, we should all commit to plugging the engineering profession gender gap even further by inspiring the next generation of female engineers to change the world.
How can you do your bit to promote, champion and inspire future female engineers and help shape the world?