The Institution of Engineering and Technology Celebrates Women in Tech Fields

Library Resources | June 10, 2019

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The Intitution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) celebrates International Women in Engineering Day with programs that celebrate women’s achievements.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) has a lot to brag about. The institute is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Inspec, it recently introduced a thoroughly modern way to look at data through Inspec Analytics, and it has done quite a bit of work to promote the advancement of women in engineering.

The organization is very specific about its mission. “The IET is working to engineer a better world. Our heritage dates back to 1871, and today our mission is to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.”

The IET traditionally recognizes International Women in Engineering Day in June with programs celebrating the innovations and contributions of women engineers.

The IET traditionally recognizes International Women in Engineering Day in June with programs celebrating the innovations and contributions of women engineers.

You can view the following on IET.TV:

This year, consistent with its mission, The IET is encouraging the next generation of young girls into engineering with it’s #9percentisnotenough campaign and is hosting a Women in Engineering event on June 24 with speakers and a presentation competition. 

Programs such as these appear to be working. Research shows that the number of women in engineering is growing.  According to Catalyst, “In 2016, women made up more than a third (40.1%) of scientists and engineers in the EU-28, an increase of more than 20% since 2007.”[1]

In the U.S., “The proportion of engineering degrees awarded to women reached a 10-year high in 2017. Women received 21.3 percent of all engineering bachelor’s degrees, 25.7 percent of all engineering master’s degrees, and 23.5 percent of all engineering doctoral degrees, representing a 2 percent to 3 percent increase over the proportion of engineering degrees awarded to females in 2008.[2].”

That progress is important. The field is exciting, vast and continuously changing. If you are interested in learning more about The IET and Inspec, watch this video.


[1] Catalyst, Quick Take: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (January 3, 2018).
[2] Engineering Technology Bachelors Degrees by Gender, ASEE

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