In the run up to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2017 SAGE Publishing carried out a survey to gain a better understanding of general perceptions regarding women working in what is traditionally a male dominated environment and what it is like from a woman’s perspective to work in that environment? Despite the many successes of women including Mary Jackson, Hedy Lamarr and Ada Lovelace (plus many others, some of whom you can read about here) only 9% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female*.
A third of responses suggest that the root of this inequality develops in education where girls and young women are discouraged from pursuing engineering as a career. Over 40% of responders attributed this to the belief that they are weaker than men in STEM subjects and because, among other reasons, they don’t see strong role models in the field.
At SAGE, we passionately believe in equality and diversity in education, research and industry. Supporting a healthy environment in which to conduct research, education and professional practice leads to a proactive society, better research and policymaking. SAGE are proud supporters of INWED for the 3rd year, a day that not only promotes the outstanding work already done by women within the field, students, academics or practitioners, but also serves to further raise awareness of and attract more women into the field.
SAGE have a strong and proactive relationship with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and we are delighted, once again, to be sponsoring partners for their 2017 INWED event. The IMechE journals have been published by SAGE since 2010 and the success of this relationship has been made possible by our shared values. The IMechE was founded on the premise of creating and disseminating usable knowledge, a vision strongly aligned with SAGE’s own mission.
With events like INWED and in partnership with some of the leading societies, step by step, we as a community hope that we can all work towards changing the imbalance and inequality faced in engineering and in STEM fields more widely.
- Claire Minto, Executive Publisher (STEM), SAGE Publishing
You can find out more about the event here.
Keep up to date with INWED 2017 activities by following the Women in Engineering Society @WES1919, SAGE Engineering @SAGEEngineering and the official hashtag #INWED17
This survey was sent to engineering contacts on the SAGE database and there were 110 respondents. All quotes are taken from the survey and have been anonymised at the recipients’ requests.
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