The IET and Women in Engineering
The IET Women’s Network
One of the ways in which we engage with our women members is via the IET Women’s Network. This initiative has been available to IET members since 2011 and was set up in order to support women in industry and academia, alter perceptions and place STEM on the radar of parents, teachers and children in addition to assisting organisations and universities in attracting and retaining female talent.
This network offers a wealth of benefits and opportunities for members. For example, there is a very active online group within the IET’s professional networking and collaboration platform; My Community, which offers virtual networking opportunities on a global scale. The IET Women’s Network can be found on this platform as well as many other groups. There are opportunities to attend free events, seminars that also facilitate networking as well as chances for members to serve as keynote speakers to academics to promote women in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM). You can create or contribute to discussions and you do not have to be an IET member to join.
The IET Women’s Network has produced posters that aim to inspire the next generation of engineers as well as highlight the achievements of women engineers throughout history.
These posters can be downloaded, printed, used as a screen saver and shared on social media!
''You and Engineering'' - Routes to your engineering career
''Celebrating Women Engineers'' - How women contributed to engineering during WW1
If you would like a professional printed copy, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the poster(s) you would like, name and address for it to be sent to.
Debbie Sterling of GoldieBlox
The IET Women’s Network had the unique opportunity to work with Debbie Sterling, engineer, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, the construction toy company on a mission to “disrupt the pink aisle’’. The event was chaired by former IET President, Barry Brooks.
Inspiring the future also had a stand at the event and a representative talked about how individuals could get involved in talking to primary school children about their engineering careers. Debbie talked about her routes into engineering, why she created her product / company, the importance of encouraging girls into engineering and what PEI’s and individuals can do to inspire the next generation. Watch the video.
This is a great source of industry news and information for you to obtain and share.
The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards
Another way in which the IET supports women in engineering is through its annual Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards (YWE) which highlights and celebrates the very best of women in engineering. 2016 will mark the 39th anniversary of the awards.