The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling for an increase in the number of female engineers who have their expertise published in industry journals on National Women in Engineering Day 2016.
The IET, which publishes a range of materials and information services for engineers and technicians, is making the appeal due to the low number of female engineers contributing to its publications.
Only one per cent of the 800 editorial board members serving across its journal portfolio are female.
The annual IET Skills and Demand in Industry survey shows that women have represented less than 10 per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK for over a decade.
The Institution has therefore been working to ensure that female engineers are better represented in their industry and it believes publishing will help to raise their profile.
Upon assuming her position last October, Naomi Climer, current president of the IET and its first female one, called for gender quotas to be given to employers to address the imbalance if they did not act on their own accord.
“Women are woefully underrepresented in engineering,” she said. “In a profession with a serious skills shortage, this represents a problem for the economy as well as for diversity.
“It is therefore important that leading engineering publishers like the IET ensure gender diversity in their approach to publishing.
“That’s why we are appealing to female engineers to share their expertise and experiences with their peers, not only as a way of boosting their own career progression but also to inspire the next generation of female engineers.”
Esther Dudek, a Senior Consultant at EA Technology, recently spoke about energy storage at an IET event and has contributed to the IET’s E&T Reference, which includes a collection of multidisciplinary, technical articles and case studies.
“It’s important to have visible diversity within engineering to show the wide range of areas that women are working in,” Dudek said.
“Too often the important roles that women have in the profession aren’t reflected at events or in technical journals.
“It’s also important to have visible female role models for more outward facing things, such as on TV, as it influences the next generation and their career choices.”
“If we want to have more visible role models then we need to be prepared to volunteer for things, and talk about our work. I was delighted to get involved with the IET’s E&T reference – it’s a good way of promoting your company and the skills and knowledge you have.”
A list of the top 50 Women in Engineering will also be published in the Daily Telegraph for the first time today to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day.