Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign, which raises the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this exciting industry.

INWED is the brainchild of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

This year’s theme is all about celebrating the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to support lives and livelihoods every day.

You can share your engineering heroes with WES through their Twitter and Instagram pages, using the hashtag #INWED22.

Here at WeAreTechWomen, we believe that women have a rightful place in the engineering, and we will continue to help increase the representation of women in STEM and share a variety of voices and opinions – and never has it been more important!

Below you will find interviews with some amazing women in STEM; and resources designed to help educate and understand.

Throughout the day, we will also be showcasing events, covering news and continuing to shine a spotlight on issues surrounding women in engineering, STEM, technology and equality.

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International Women in Engineering Day

Women's Engineering Society

Women's Engineering Society

WESThe Women’s Engineering Society is a charitable company, founded in 1919 to support women in engineering.

Over 100 years later, we still operate as a Membership Society, promoting the education of women in engineering and advancing the education of the public concerning the study and practice of engineering among women. We founded International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), held on 23 June annually as an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available in this exciting industry.


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WE50 awards featured

WES announces UK’s Top 50 Women in Engineering 2019

WE50 Awards

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2019, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) has announced the winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering: Current and Former Apprentices (WE50).

Now in its fourth year, the WE50 continues to showcase the extensive female talent across the sector, this year focusing on women currently serving as apprentices or those who have previously undertaken an apprenticeship.

The 2019 awards attracted a large number of high-quality nominations from a broad range of industries. The 50 winners and ‘highly commended’ nominees came from many different sectors including professional services, pharmaceutical, aerospace, facilities management and automotive.

Speaking about the awards, Dawn Childs, WES President said, “Since the inception of the Top 50 Women in Engineering list in 2016, WES has been privileged to be able to identify, and thus help showcase, some amazing women in engineering."

"Every year a different focus is chosen to ensure that we can shine a light on female engineers at different stages of their career and who have come to engineering through many different paths."

"Apprenticeships remain one of the key routes for technical education and subsequently, to qualifying as an engineer."

"Consequently, we have looked at current and former apprentices in the WE50 list this year."

"The breadth and depth of roles and industries covered by the entries was simply breathtaking and the achievements of the individual entrants were stunning – we have definitely found another truly inspirational list of female engineers!”

The WE50 were judged by a panel of industry experts and head judge, Dawn Fitt, commented, “As a former Engineering Technician Apprentice it has been a pleasure to see first-hand the fantastic achievements of both current and former apprentices."

"This is particularly heartening given the push to increase the number of apprenticeships within the UK."

"I believe that this year’s list showcases the career opportunities for any woman wanting to pursue an engineering apprenticeship.”

The WE50 awards take place each year to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23 June, a day endorsed by UNESCO patronage since 2016. INWED celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and related roles and highlights the opportunities available to engineers of the future. This year INWED takes place on WES’ centenary, 100 years on from the day the society was founded.

The 2019 WE50 winners have been published in a Guardian newspaper supplement today, Monday 24 June 2019. The awards will be presented at the WES Afternoon Tea event at the Royal Academy of Engineering on the afternoon of 24 June. A full list of the WE50 winners is available at www.inwed.org.uk/we50-2019.