Ground engineering businesses throughout the UK are holding events to celebrate the second annual Women in Engineering Day organised by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
The central focus of the celebrations was an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for ‘the most people performing a jumping high five simultaneously’ at Horse Guards Parade this morning.
“We were absolutely amazed by the enthusiasm for National Women in Engineering Day last year, but this year the day has grown even more and we have seen an enormous number of organisations getting involved with the celebrations,” said WES president Dawn Bonfield.
“This really is testament to the change in perception of women in engineering, and we need to do all we can now to maintain this activity throughout the year to ensure that girls see engineering as a real career choice for them.”
The focus of the event is to promote broad opportunities in engineering and to ensure young women do not see it as a male dominated industry.
Nonetheless, GE believes that geotechnics is already setting the standard when it comes to equality with most businesses employing a higher than average number of female staff.
There have also been warnings about positive discrimination undermining the professional standing of female engineers and many in the civil engineering industry have urged the focus on careers for women to be aimed at school-age children. In a Talking Point by Aecom Geo Services associate geotechnical engineer Sarah d’Agostino said: “The idea that our industry ought to focus on hiring women just because of their gender is something I find problematic. I want to know that my career progression reflects my true aptitudes and achievements, as well as my failings. I would hate to think that I have had an unfair advantage or been offered opportunities just because of my gender.”
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