Women's Engineering Society
The Women's Engineering Society is a charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership, we support and inspire women to achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders; we encourage the education of engineering; and we support companies with gender diversity and inclusion.
WES - inspiring and supporting diversity and engineering since 1919.
Our vision is a nation in which women are as likely as men to choose to study and work in engineering, and one in which there are enough engineers to meet a growing demand
Inspiring and supporting girls and women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and technical leaders. To work collaboratively to assist educators, employers and influencers in creating a diverse engineering community.
To achieve our mission, WES has developed strategic themes based upon our role as a supporter, collaborator and challenger:
- Supporter – Connecting women engineers, providing the link between WES members and wider networks, providing technical and leadership development opportunities and sharing good practice with members and WES partners
- Collaborator – Strengthening engineering, working with partners to plug the leaks along the pipeline from education to leadership, consulting with industry and companies and cooperating with government and policy makers
- Challenger – Changing cultures, challenging partners to continue to further the diversity and inclusion agenda within their organisations and more widely across the sector
Is WES still needed?
Yes, the number of women professional engineers in the UK is around 11% and possibly the lowest rate in Europe. The number of women in technical level roles, where job growth is greatest, is much lower.
There is still much to do to support engineering and technology employers to increase diversity and to enable women in the UK to take up opportunities in engineering.
Does WES really make a difference?
We think we do - International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) continues to raise the profile of female engineers.
Created and co-ordinated by WES, INWED celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and encourages more girls to consider engineering careers.
Our background work advocating gender diversity in engineering has made a difference to government policies.
How is WES supporting students?
With a sell-out annual student conference. More and more student groups are affiliating with WES, creating a nationwide network of female engineering students.
Does WES get involved with schools?
Yes, we encourage our members to approach schools to speak about their career and maintain a publicly available list of female engineers who are willing to speak at schools.
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