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International Women in Engineering Day

Sunday 23 June marked International Women in Engineering Day 2019 (INWED19).

International Women in Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day

With hundreds of female engineers helping to deliver our mission both at Sellafield and in the supply chain, we are proud to support #INWED19.

Ahead of #INWED19 our female engineers were photographed proudly holding a ‘selfie card’ to show solidarity for equality, diversity and inclusion within the engineering profession.



And this year is a special one for our female engineers as 2019 marks 100 years since the Women in Engineering Society (WES) began celebrating women making a difference in engineering roles. WES are running the WES100 campaign throughout 2019.

This year’s theme is #TransformTheFuture and we’re holding an event later this week to help celebrate the centenary year and recognise some of our current and future female engineers. The event will feature guest speakers from a range of our female engineers, those with years of experience and those right at the beginning of their careers.

Chartered senior project manager Eleanor Billson, who started her career in engineering, has organised the event. She is keen to not only inspire more young women to become engineers but also to influence gender balance in senior positions and executive roles.

She said:

During my career I’ve witnessed more women taking up roles in engineering, with some progressing into more senior roles, but more needs to be done to encourage further diversity and inclusion in this field.

As well as celebrating the centenary, those attending will have the chance to expand their networks with others in different stages of their careers.

And it isn’t just for women, as men have an important role to play in transforming Sellafield Ltd and the wider nuclear industry, and the event will address some of the pressing issues and challenges faced by our female engineering community.

We’re proud of the role that women have played and continue to play in the delivery of our mission. Use the hashtags #INWED19 and #WES100 to join the conversation around International Women in Engineering day on Twitter.

Published 24 June 2019