What is it like to be a woman in the engineering profession?

21 June 2013
IET Communications team
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Four female engineers on a webcast panel

The panel for the IET's recent Women Engineers webcast.

Female engineers share their thoughts in the IET’s latest MyVoice webcast.

Four past and present winners of the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards came together on 20 June to discuss the issues faced by women in engineering.

The panel for the MyVoice webcast, entitled ‘Women Engineers: Building a Bright Future’, included Dawn Fitt (Young Woman Engineer of the Year 1992), Jessica Jones (Intel Inspirational Award for Entrepreneurship 2012), Charlotte Tingley (Women’s Engineering Society Prize 2012) and Sally Walters (Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2009).

The live event was organised to coincide with this year’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year deadline. Topics such as motherhood, role models and the toy industry were discussed. The panellists also talked about the influence of the Young Woman Engineer of the Year programme.

Dawn Fitt said: “I think the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award has more impact now than it had in the earlier days. We need the award out there so that we can raise the profile of women in engineering. We should carry on [with the award] until such time when there are more women in the sector.”

Past webcasts in the MyVoice series have covered topics such as the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Institution’s policy work and the IET Strategy for the 21st century. This is the first time an all-female panel has featured on a MyVoice event.

You can watch the Women Engineers webcast via www.theiet.org/myvoice.

More information about the Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards can be found at www.theiet.org/ywe.