Every 23rd of June is celebrated the international day of the female engineer and for that reason, from Bosonit, we want to congratulate all the female engineers, both those who belong to the company, since without them we would not be where we are now, and those who do not.
Why is this day celebrated?
To put ourselves in context, let's start at the beginning. This day became a international day since Women's Engineering Society (WES) celebrated in 2014 to show how important they are in a sector where men are the main focus.
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 exaltation 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 mentioned above, we at Bosonit believe that encouraging women to enter engineering careers is essential. This would industry to be fully inclusive and to ensure that the engineering jobs of the future are filled by today's best and brightest.
The sectors defined by the acronym in English 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 specialisations. (Information and Communication Technology).
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 their gender, it could mean a very high cost to society.
In conclusion, in an increasingly advanced and digitalised society, we cannot afford to be without half of the population.