International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated across the world on 8 March each year. Only 6% of registered engineers and technicians are women, so this year, the Academy is using the opportunity to celebrate the leading female engineers in its Fellowship, to encourage more people, particularly girls and women, to consider and persist in engineering careers.

Below are the stories they have to tell: about how they got into engineering, their career highlights, and what more needs to be done to encourage the female engineering leaders of the future.

For more profiles of inspirational women in engineering, visit our Enterprise Hub to read about female engineering entrepreneurs:

Inspirational women in the Enterprise Hub

“International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our women Fellows, whilst at the same time demonstrating over and over again that engineering offers rewarding careers. Their stories illustrate the creativity, variety and breadth within engineering. We hope that this will inspire and encourage more people to choose engineering careers.”

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Tomorrow’s Engineers provides further information on the routes into engineering:

More information on routes into engineering

For more information about Diversity in Engineering, please see our Key Facts page:

Key facts about diversity and engineering