International Women in Engineering Day
International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world and for the last two years has been under the patronage of UNESCO (2018 application pending).
Date: Saturday 23 June 2018
National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23 June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. Since that launch in 2014 the day has grown enormously over the subsequent years to the point where it received UNESCO patronage in 2016.
In 2017, National Women in Engineering Day became international for the first time due to the interest and enthusiasm developed by the international audience and participants in the previous years. International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) was born to allow the celebration of women in engineering to become global.
INWED17 was a huge success with record levels of engagement and reach.
- 150 separate events registered with the INWED website
- 18 International events registered with the INWED website, from countries such as Brazil, Mauritius and Uganda
- Over 900 downloads of the Resource Pack from the INWED website
- Reached over 1.2 million people on social media via our Thunderclap campaign on Twitter
- The official hashtag #INWED17 received over 34,000 impressions on the day
- On the day itself, the hashtag #INWED17 trended continuously, reaching the number 2 spot, and only being beaten by the hashtag #bringyourdogtoworkday !
- Professional Engineering Institutions
- Other organisations in the Sector
Want to join in but not sure where to start? Here are some ideas of the type of things you could consider doing to celebrate this day.
Please let us know about your plans so we can better understand your needs as an organiser, develop our resource materials for future events, and recognise the impact you make. Please let us know a few details about your event by completing our Event Notification Form.
To help plan your event, download our Resource Pack and other digital materials on our Resources page which will be published on Monday 5 February 2018. Take a look at previous years' events for ideas and check out the sponsors who enable us to bring INWED to you.
Spread the word on Twitter using @INWED1919 #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar.
- Attend or host an INWED event
- Send us a picture of yourself at work that can be used in our photo gallery,
- Go back to your old school or your local school and talk to the students about what you do
- Send us your story for our She's an Engineer feature and get your company to feature it too
- Volunteer to become a MentorSET mentor and pass on your experience to other women
- Join WES and volunteer your support throughout the year
- Organise an event, competition, mentoring or networking session at your school or place of work
- Become a STEM Ambassador
- Nominate yourself or get somebody to nominate you for a WISE award
- Celebrate being an engineer - tweet about what you do and tell your friends using @INWED1919 #INWED18
- Promote our theme for 2018 #RaisingTheBar
- Take a stance with the International Women’s Day and #PressForProgress
- Buy an INWED T-Shirt
- Write about some of the activities that are taking place
- Make your own news - what are YOU doing to encourage diversity?
- Review the diversity of your publication and ensure it is aspirational when representing diversity (see guidelines here)
- Tweet about the day using @INWED1919 #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar
- Schedule your tweets to go out on 23 June 2018 which is a Saturday this year to help keep INWED trending!
- Host a networking, mentoring, careers or social event to celebrate the day
- Make a plan to increase your corporate diversity and launch it today
- Raise the profile and celebrate the achievements of your female engineers
- Carry out an equal pay audit
- Visit a local school and tell them about careers in engineering
- Join WES as a corporate partner
- Feature an article in your newsletter or on your website about your female engineers
- Tell your members about the day and encourage them to celebrate it too
- Raise the Profile of your female members and publish their stories online #RaisingProfiles #RaisingTheBar
- Ensure that your Fellowship criteria are suitable for female career paths and not discriminatory
- Audit your membership and make a plan to increase Diversity and Inclusion (Read the Disruptive Diversity report here for ideas)
- Take our Conference Diversity pledge to ensure that your events have a diverse range of speakers
- Look at your provision for supporting women returners and see what other Institutions are doing here
- Read other inspirational case studies of diversity and inclusion like the CIHT Routes to Diversity and Inclusion report or the Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity Toolkit
- Download the Resource Pack for ideas for celebrating the day
- Invite a female engineer to come in and talk to the students
- Visit a local company or University Engineering Department
- Show one of our inspiring videos in assembly
- Organise an event or some engineering themed activities - and invite other schools to join you
- Create a 'Careers in Engineering' noticeboard and populate it with our posters and competitions
- Challenge your teachers to get aspects of Engineering into every subject of the curriculum this week
- Carry out a whole school audit to ensure that it is not gender stereotyped
- Stock up your careers library with the resources that are available from WES and partners
- Run a competition or quiz, or enter one of ours
- Host a debate on engineering or career stereotyping in school on the day.
- Encourage your students to go back to their old school to talk to the students about engineering
- Apply for an Athena Swan Award
- Host an event or make a video
- Invite a local school to visit, or visit them
- Plan a year of action to improve your gender diversity
- Find out who your first woman engineering graduate was and name something after her
- Audit your courses and ensure that they are Inclusive
- Make plans to introduce an Inclusive Engineering Module next year
Download the INWED18 Resource Pack now for event ideas, ways to get involved and much more!
For a list of all the events we have been notified of in 2018 please visit the Events 2018 page.
For inspiration, take a look at last year's fantastic range of events celebrating women in engineering on our Events 2017 page.