On 8th August I presented to the Arup Melbourne office on gender and engineering. Sharing a personal perspective and experience as a woman in engineering helps people understand issues they don’t necessarily see (or maybe avoid seeing) and realise the impact of lots of tiny things that add up to a very big issue in our industry.
I shared 5 actions with the office, which include:
- Talk about your work and STEM to girls long before they are in year 12
- Ensure a critical mass (>30%) of women in the room / meeting / project team
- Check your language and make sure it is inclusive
- Don’t just mentor women, sponsor them too
- Challenge how / why you perceive people in a certain way.