International Women's Day 2017
International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March. It is a day to celebrate the contribution women make to social, economic, cultural and political achievements.
However, the World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. In 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the “already glacial pace of progress” meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133. The organisation wants women and girls to achieve their ambitions and has called for flexible cultures to root out workplace bias.
For International Women's Day 2017, Julia Evans, Chief Executive at BSRIA asked whether we are doing enough to foster and encourage the excellence of female engineers. Julia said: “Diversity is clearly needed in the construction industry to shift the scales of ritual and tradition and turn the tide so that women are more fairly represented.
“Current statistics for women in the construction workplace is about 12% compared to 47% in other industries. This variation is undesirable. Women make up 52% of Britain’s population, so increasing the percentage of the female workforce in the industry must happen as a matter of urgency.
“Women have struggled to get an equal footing in construction, but the representation of women in our industry has waxed and waned in recent history, demonstrating that Government leadership is crucial in this important debate.
“In this specific respect, BSRIA continues to work with local schools and colleges, in and around Bracknell, to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects – not only at an early age – but to women – who have historically not always chosen this academic avenue.
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