Engineering firms all over the UK are starting to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day 2018 today ahead of the main events tomorrow.
The event, organised by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), is using this year’s event to also mark the 100th anniversary of Representation of the People Act 1918 which first gave some women in the UK the vote. WES has said that, given the anniversary, 2018 is a particularly poignant year and it is excited to see how this might influence celebrations this year.
WES has also said that the theme this year is “Raising the Bar” which it says is an invitation to show the world how you are making positive change in what you do and how you do it.
GE has already published a number of articles to promote the now annual event including a feature with the Federation of Piling Specialists about women’s experience of working in the piling sector and a blog from Aecom’s David Barwell about supporting “returners” – both men and women – to the industry and the benefits that brings.
This year the GE Awards also aimed to play its part by to ensure women were better represented on its judging panels to give young women role models that they can relate to. “This was not tokenism,” said GE editor Claire Smith. “Every one of the women on our judging panel are there on the same merit as their male counterparts.”
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