Women have contributed to the diverse fields of engineering in modern and historical times.
Women are often under-represented in the fields of engineering, both in the academia and in the profession of engineering.
The presence and status of women in engineering has improved dramatically over the last half century.
However, the progression of professional women into positions of leadership has been slow. Many women have worked hard to take gender out of the equation to simply be recognized for their skills and talents.
Integrating leadership into one’s core identity is particularly challenging for women, who must establish credibility in a culture that is deeply conflicted about whether, when and how they should exercise authority. But powerful women are scarce.
Women working in construction are on the increase. 37% of new entrants into the industry that came from higher education are women, proving that this industry quickly becoming one for the girls, not just the boys. Engineering still needs more women.
Today, women have a lot of opportunities within the world of engineering, but I still think we have some way to go before both sexes are equally represented in construction leadership positions.
With a concerted effort from key industry players there is a chance that more women will view a career in construction as a great one.
Some of the successful D&I polices are eliminating derogatory behavior, bullying and harassment, as well as providing clear development and training opportunities to narrow the gender gap. Mentoring is also an effective way of retaining female staff and helping them climb the career ladder.
Construction has traditionally been thought of as male-dominated and if you were asked to name a female role model in the sector you’d probably be hard pressed to think of anyone.
Dr Shetha Alzubaidi is CEO and partner at Brookson Project Management.