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Root out workplace bias

08 March 2017

International Women’s Day (8th March) promoted Julia Evans, chief executive, BSRIA to questions whether, as an industry, we are doing enough to foster and encourage the excellence of female engineers – both into engineering and into the boardroom.

The remit of the day is for women to continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement – on a worldwide scale. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. In 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the 'already glacial pace of progress' meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.

The organisation wants women and girls to achieve their ambitions and calls for flexible cultures or 'root out workplace bias'.

Julia says: "BSRIA continues to work with local schools and colleges, in and around Bracknell, to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects – not only at an early age – but to women – who have historically not always chosen this academic avenue.

"BSRIA is very supportive of women going into engineering and proud to be employing many female engineers itself who are flourishing. Engineers help make the future a reality.”