Every 23 June is celebrated as the international day of women engineers And so, from Bosonit, we would like to congratulate all women engineers, both those who belong to the company, because without them we would not be where we are now, and those who do not.
Why is Women Engineers' Day celebrated?
To put ourselves in context, let's start at the beginning. This day has been an international day since Women's Engineering Society (WES) held in 2014 to show the importance they have in a sector where men hog all the limelight.
Since 2014, this day has grown a lot, in 2016 it received sponsorship from UNESCO and in the following year, the international day of women engineers became an international event, thanks to the attention and excitement of the international public.
The aim of the campaign is to celebrate the achievements of women around the world and to encourage the growth of this sector by recognising their merit.
Importance of women in STEM fields
As we have said before, at Bosonit we believe that encouraging women to enter engineering careers is essential. This would make the industry fully inclusive and ensure that the engineering jobs of the future are filled by today's best and brightest.
The sectors defined by the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are growing more than ever, to the extent that 20% of jobs are based in these areas and this figure is expected to continue to grow.
Currently, STEM women are at a clear disadvantage compared to men. Women graduates in STEM degrees amount to a meagre 30%, and 15% if we only focus on ICT (Information and Communication Technology) specialisations.
Society is beginning to realise the importance of bridging this gap. There are initiatives that encourage girls to go down the path of science and technology as early as high school, teaching them how they can focus their future career plans within these careers. But this is not enough, most of these initiatives come from the private sector, and the active participation of the public sector is necessary. This is important because we are facing an immense technological change, where if we do not have the best professionals, regardless of gender, it could mean a very high cost for society.
In conclusion, in an increasingly advanced and digitalised society, we cannot afford to be without half of the population.