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Series of events mark Women in Engineering Day

27 June 2017

On 23rd June 2017, International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), founded by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), celebrated the achievements of women in engineering.

Women make up less than 10% of the engineering sector in the UK. With a large skills gap looming and the need for a more diverse workforce, it has never been more important to inspire and encourage more people, especially women, to choose a career in engineering.

Set up in 2014 by WES to celebrate its 95th birthday, this national, and now international, awareness day focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities in engineering and technical roles, including for girls and young women, and celebrates the achievements of women engineers and technologists.

Working in partnership with many of the engineering world’s globally recognised names, WES celebrated the day with events in London. UK-based engineering and innovation company Colas, one of the sponsors of INWED in 2017, worked with WES to hold a Breakfast Roundtable at the House of Commons, hosted by Mims Davies, MP for Eastleigh.

Benita Mehra, president of WES, remarked: “WES exists to provide a voice to women in engineering. We need to find more and better ways to increase the number of women taking a full part in engineering and allied sectors with actions from employers, educators and policymakers.” 

 
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