They were able to meet with other engineers, exchange experiences, give papers and encourage girls to take up engineering as a profession. The WES also helped its members find jobs and lobbied for the acceptance of women on training courses.
One of the means of communicating to their members was through their journal, The Woman Engineer. The journals contain a wealth of knowledge not only of women in engineering but the journey of engineering in the UK since World War I. The early journals also contain technical papers by female engineers.
These Journals, dating back to 1919, have now been digitised and can be searched by keyword or browsed using page-turning technology. For more information on the digitisation project and to access the Journals please visit The Woman Engineer page.
Notable women engineers
WES has been inspiring women engineers since its formation in 1919. Find out more about inspiring individuals and WES Presidents via the WES website.
Notable women include Amy Johnson, WES President 1935-1937 and aviation pioneer. The Amy Johnson biography includes information on her record-breaking adventures plus digital copies of her records held in the IET Archives.