11 October 2016
To mark Ada Lovelace Day (today), the outgoing and first ever female President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Naomi Climer, says that persuading more girls to go into engineering and technology careers will help to avoid some of the latest technology being developed exclusively for men.
Since taking up post in October 2015, Naomi has called for action to tackle the gender imbalance within the engineering and technology industry, pointing out that given the engineering skills shortage the UK currently faces, it is vital to attract more women into the profession. As she prepares to step down as President, she is now also drawing attention to technological developments that ‘forgot women’ because they were developed by a predominantly male team:
Naomi Climer, IET President, said: “I became the first female president of the IET in October last year and, conscious that only 9% of the UK engineering workforce is women, it has been important to try to dispel the myth that engineering careers are not for women. There are some fantastic female engineering role models, such as Ada Lovelace, the first female computer programmer – and we must continue to celebrate more role models like her. It is a very real risk that if we continue to see important new technologies developed by a male-dominated workforce, we will be missing important tricks to ensure these developments can benefit the population as a whole – and not just men.”
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