The past few months have seen quite the spotlight placed on women engineers. The IEEE Women in Engineering group has been ramping up its efforts in preparation for WIE’s 20th anniversary next year. The activities have included a joint event in January with Google at the company’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters that was geared to supporting women engineers, as well as online chats in September and October with prominent WIE members, and an app introduced in January for tablet computers that highlights the work of female engineers. Learn more about these and other activities in our article, “Shining a Spotlight on Female Engineers,” which you can read on 8 March in our IEEE Groups subchannel.
In addition, 8 March marks International Women’s Day. The day celebrates the achievements of women around the world and features events that showcase their contributions, organized by companies, women’s groups, schools, government agencies, and charities. More than 1000 events are planned, including a book reading on women’s rights in Germany, an exhibition of female artists’ work in Australia, and a presentation about women who are making an impact on society in Switzerland.
March is also Women’s History Month in the United States. This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Math, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.” Several workshops will be held throughout the month that are aimed at inspiring girls to consider careers in the STEM fields.
The spotlight on women doesn’t end there. The Global Marathon For, By, and About Women in Engineering, organized by the National Engineers Week Foundation, is being held from 6 to 8 March. The online forum features live online chats, in-person talks, and webcasts on how to become a leader, career advancement, retaining women in STEM fields, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, and more.
Are you participating in any activities for International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, or the Global Marathon? Do you think it’s important to highlight the achievements of women in engineering?
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