June 23rd is International Women Engineers’ Day, so today is celebrated all over the world. We cannot start this post in any other way than putting this celebration in context. It was first celebrated on June 23, 2014 in the United Kingdom by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). This organization, emerged after World War I, in 1919 with the aim of advocating for women who wanted to go into industry after the war. The International Women in Engineering Day came about as a celebration of the 95th anniversary of this organization. In 2016 it gained the patronage of UNESCO. Following its success and interest internationally, in 2017 it was confirmed as an International Day.
Gender gap in engineering
The importance of celebrating this day and giving visibility to women in the world of engineering is because women are still underrepresented. The European Commission produces an annual report, She Figure 2021, to monitor progress on gender equality in research and innovation.
In 2021, it confirms that women still represent less than a quarter of ICT graduates, at 22%, and account for only a third of researchers (33%).
They also remain less likely to be employed as scientists and engineers (41%). They are also found to be underrepresented according to the number of self-employed in science, engineering and ICT, with only 25% of women.
Although at the undergraduate level women outnumber men as students, with the above data we can confirm that at the level of professional fields there is still a gap and therefore shows that we need to do more to achieve gender equality.
Spanish women in the field of engineering
At Optiva Media we are very proud to have a great team of women engineers who bring great value to our company. In addition, we want to join the celebration of this day by mentioning three women of our country experts in different fields of engineering who are undoubtedly great references for present and future generations.