Women are generally underrepresented in all science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries. For example, in 2019, just 12% of those working in engineering were female, according to EngineeringUK’s State of Engineering report.
However there are campaigns to encourage more women into engineering roles:
International Women in Engineering Day - Every 23 June focuses on and celebrates the achievements of female engineers. From debates and competitions to networking breakfasts and open day events that are held across the UK. 2020 marks the seventh year of the campaign.
WISE campaign - WISE (Women into Science & Engineering) enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in STEM.
Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) - WE50 publicises the great things which women routinely achieve within engineering to both recognise women currently in the profession, and to inspire a new generation of women into the sector.
People Like Me - Started by WISE and targeted at a younger audience, People Like Me aims to support the recruitment of girls into STEM subjects post-16 - particularly those not typically chosen, such as physics and engineering.
According to new research by WISE, the UK is on track to achieve a million women working in core STEM roles by 2020, so these campaigns are starting to have an impact.
Are you an aspiring female engineer? What advice would we give you?
• Ignore stereotypes – don’t let anyone put a barrier in your way. If you have a passion to study engineering or any other STEM subject, go for it. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything. Read how alumni Rudo overcame barriers to get to Coventry University to study aerospace engineering by clicking here.
• Be confident and believe in yourself - Adopt a 'can-do' attitude. It isn't always going to be easy and you are likely to be pushed out of your comfort zone, however that is the best way to develop and grow.