On 23rd June, National Women in Engineering Day will be celebrated worldwide, giving the industry a platform to celebrate current women engineers and to encourage other young women to consider a career in engineering.
According to the most recent statistics report by Women’s Engineering Society (WES), only 12.37% of the UK’s engineering workforce is female.
Certainly, this is not due to a lack of ability. Ingrained societal and cultural norms act as a barrier for women entering into a field of work traditionally seen as “masculine.” As Naomi Climer, Past President of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) puts it, “in France, the origins of engineer are in ‘ingenious’, while in English it is ‘engine’ and these subtleties have a symbolic impact.”
The variety of creative and stimulating careers available to women in refrigeration and heating is vast, and our industry has begun taking more initiatives to open its doors to women. By pressing on with this type of support for women to reach their full potential as engineers, we can hope to see a more diverse industry in the future.
Every year, Star Refrigeration celebrates Women in Engineering Day, which aims to raise the profile of females in the industry across the globe and educate youngsters on the possibilities that a career in engineering could provide.
The theme for this year’s #INWED21 is Engineering Heroes! – a very fitting theme to celebrate the amazing work that our women engineers do to respond to the pandemic but also to support lives and livelihoods every day.