I am a woman and I am a motorsport engineer….I’m not the only one there are plenty more of me, and we don’t need special treatment. But there are so few female engineers that something needs to be done to encourage more of us!
That’s why I think taking part in projects such as The UKRC’s Ingenious Women project is so important, I want to learn the best way to promote engineering as a career, not only to women, but to young people in general.
In the motorsport industry the FIA clearly see it as a priority as Todt set up a Women & Motorsport Commission; and whilst they are doing something, it’s a shame they don’t have a website with a bit more information about how they are going about their business.
It gained a fair amount of coverage when announced in the motorsport press, so that is giving the issue some publicity I guess.
But what else can be done? I fear its something beyond just encouraging girls into following what’s perceived as a “different” career choice, but at the moment more to do with tuition fees at university. Once all the fuss dies down about fees being increased hopefully young people realise that engineering is a brilliant career and worth the investment.
I’m going to do a few blog posts around and about this subject but I thought I’d start with this as a kind of introduction. Please feel free to discuss any questions or thoughts in the comment section 🙂