Female engineers 'tweet up' for International Women in Engineering Day

ICE West Midlands teamed up with Arup and the Environment Agency in a social media campaign which highlighting the roles of 17 female engineers from the region and across the UK.

Beth Emberton
Beth Emberton's expresses what engineering means to her

INWED is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It takes place annually on 23 June.

The main focus of the day was a social media campaign in which our 17 female engineers answered the question ‘What does engineering mean to me?’

The campaign included profiles from five West Midlands’ engineers from Arup’s Solihull campus whose work ranges from designing the London Underground Metropolitan Line to responding to a massive flood disaster in Queensland Australia.

Also during the day, Brunel University London hosted an INWED panel discussion webinar which featured Kate Cairns, Member of ICE’s Fairness Inclusion and Respect panel and ICE Council, alongside panellists from Arup, Brunel University and the Environment Agency, discussing why only 8% of girls go into engineering.

Watch the webinar and Q&A

ICE’s Director of Membership Sean Harris said:

"Women represent 12.7% of ICE's total membership and female applications to ICE are slowly rising, with graduate numbers at 16.4%. But there is a long way to go, and we must take every opportunity to ensure we show women and young girls that engineering can offer a creative and richly fulfilling career.

ICE continues to support International Women in Engineering Day, and works across the year to develop programmes which aim to address the gender imbalance within the sector.”

Alison Baptiste, Director at the Environment Agency said: "The Environment Agency values equality, diversity and inclusion and supporting International Women in Engineering Day is very important to us as an organisation. As a woman and an engineer, I have experienced this first hand and benefitted from the flexible working policies here. As engineers, we design solutions for people and the environment and make a positive difference to the world around us. It is a creative and varied career and I hope future generations will be inspired to join us.”

Read Alison’s INWED blog.

Kathy Powers-Moore, EDI Specialist Partner at Arup said:

“Through its Connect Women employee engagement network, Arup supports and encourages women across the company, investing in personal and professional development and providing a platform for connecting, networking, sharing ideas and influencing the industry. This improves the opportunities for women working at Arup, ensuring we have a successful business where women want to work, develop and stay. Activities in this area are part of the wider UKMEA equality diversity and inclusion strategy. This aims to develop a truly diverse workforce that reflects the communities it serves, and where people are proud to work and feel comfortable in their own skin.” You can read the quotes from all the women featured in the campaign on:

ICE West Mids Twitter #INWED17


ICE East and West Mids LinkedIn