The Society of Women Engineers’ first ever State of Women in Engineering highlighted the latest data and research on women in engineering, gender bias, workplace culture and more. The event, which was open to the media and streamed live, took place Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia during WE16, SWE’s Annual Conference and Career Fair. Watch video of the event below and view the State of Women in Engineering slides..
State of Women in Engineering featured SWE Literature Review authors and research partners who discussed relevant trends and data focusing on women and STEM, including two of SWE’s most recent research studies. SWE’s culture study was released early 2016 and reveals the differences between male and female personal and workplace priorities, including the gaps that are driving female attrition. Climate Control: Gender and Racial Bias in Engineering was released in conjunction with WE16, revealing specific gender and racial biases faced within the engineering profession.
“State of Women in Engineering is an opportunity for the Society to provide clarity among the wealth of data that is available, and shed light on some of the most important trends that are affecting the advancement of women in engineering,” said Karen Horting, CEO and executive director of SWE. “We intend to not only have a discussion on the important data and trends, but to inspire our members and partners to continue having discussions that initiate change and further empower women in STEM.”
State of Women in Engineering featured Peggy Layne, P.E., Virginia Tech; Peter Meiksins, Ph.D., Cleveland State University; Kacey Beddoes, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Beth Michaels, Primer, Michaels and Associates Inc.; Heather Metcalf, Ph.D., Association for Women in Science; Roberta Rincon, Ph.D., SWE Manager of Research; and Anne Perusek, SWE Director of Editorial and Publications. Mayor Jim Kenney will close out the discussion.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information about the Society, please visit www.swe.org or call 312.596.5223.