International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), marked on 23 June, aims to raise the profile of women in engineering. It is led by the Women's Engineering Society (WES) and sponsored by the Academy.

This year's theme is #Shapetheworld, so we’re campaigning for inclusivity in terms of gender and design to positively change the engineering sector and effectively, our world in the future. Our week long social media campaign culminates with a call to action on Friday 26 June asking you to share how you are helping your organisation be more inclusive to women in engineering.

 

Why does INWED take place?

  • Only 12% of professional engineers in the UK are female, and only 9% are black, Asian or minority ethnic
  • In 2018/19 just 18% of students studying for first degrees in engineering in the UK were women
  • In 2018/19 just 6% of engineering-related apprenticeships in England were completed by women
  • Research published by the Academy in January indicates that the gender pay gap is smaller in the engineering profession than the UK employee average. The mean and median pay gap for engineers in the sample analysed is around two thirds the national average, at 10.8% and 11.4% respectively. The engineering gender pay gap is largely due to underrepresentation of women in more highly paid technical and senior roles
  • This smaller gap potentially makes the profession attractive to women, but engineering organisations must take action to close the gap. The report recommends that engineering organisations should implement transparent pay structures and grades to make the biggest impact on closing the gender pay gap
  • Women engineers are 12% less likely to speak up on inappropriate behaviour than their male colleagues
  • A lack of inclusive design is creating unsafe engineering products and outputs

 What is the Academy doing for INWED 2020?

  • Hosting a special online version of our annual INWED event on 23 June celebrating Female leadership in a changing world, where the next generation of engineers will hear from and interact with senior industry leaders
  • Sponsoring INWED and promoting active engagement across Academy teams, projects and awardees

We're also profiling some of the amazing women engineers supported by the Academy, including:

  • Alumni from our award winning Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP), which works to increase the flow of diverse talent into engineering careers
  • Engineers supporting the COVID-19 response such as Catherine Wanjoya a recipient of the international rapid response Project CARE funding
  • Engineers who are designing and shaping the world around us in an inclusive way including Dawn Bonfield MBE, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Inclusive Engineering, who is working to embed the principles of inclusion into the engineering curricula at Aston University
  • Read more from the Enterprise Hub blog on gender diversity
  • The QEPrize has posted a new podcast episode with Danielle George MBE on her life and the robot orchestra – plus quotes from its women judges. It has also shared a new QEPrize ambassadors video on what needs to happen to widen diversity in engineering 'for an equal future…'

Take action

  • Check out our report Closing the engineering gender pay gap and implement the recommendations to improve the gender balance in your organisation and close the gender pay gap
  • Join our social media campaign to share how you are shaping the world and how you are helping your organisation be more inclusive to women in engineering. Use the hashtags #EngDiversity#INWED20 and #ShapeTheWorld when sharing information, experiences, and perspectives. Tag @RAEngNews into your posts so that we can retweet them
  • Be a majority ally. Help support women and minority groups in engineering. Explore the Academy resource on allies which includes six short videos of allies from across engineering with guidance on what is an ally and how to support allies at work

Hear Mark Sutcliffe at KBR discuss what he is doing in his workplace to promote gender diversity: