Mind the (gender) gap

Apr 12, 2022

EngineeringUK released new research in March about the increase of women in engineering which should be celebrated. In this month’s The Engineer column Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, conveys that a huge task remains which requires a collect effort to drive change.

“Last month, we celebrated International Women’s Day. The day was filled with inspirational stories of women showing how they are contributing to building a better future, and how much more we could benefit from a gender equal world.

“At the same time, EngineeringUK released new analyses showing that 16.5% of those working in engineering are women, compared to 10.5% as reported in 2010. I’m happy to celebrate this improvement at the same time as emphasising that we must strive for so much better.

“The women in engineering briefing summarises how the gender composition of the engineering workforce has changed over the last 11 years. It shows that the number of women working in engineering roles increased from 562,000 in 2010 to 936,000 in 2021. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the number continued to rise, even while the total number of people working in engineering fell in 2020 and 2021.”


Read the full opinion piece on The Engineer website.

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