We all know that the engineering field is typically a male-dominated industry. We are working on changing that, and encouraging more women to consider a profession in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths). On average, around 16% of the current engineering workforce is female. While the enrolment rate of women into an engineering programme is increasing, it will take quite a while before we see a 50/50 representation in the field.
It's not all doom and gloom because there are plenty of organisations which are encouraging and partnering with the industry to promote women in the field. ACE New Zealand encourages women in engineering and want to connect you to a few resources that may be of interest. If you have any recommendations of other organisations or ideas that promote women in engineering, construction, infrastructure, etc. feel free to share them with us.
Women's Infrastructure Network NZ
The Women's Infrastructure Network (WIN), was launched by Infrastructure NZ at Building Nations in October 2016. WIN is part of a global network operating in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. The purpose of this group is to grow the number of women in leadership roles in the infrastructure sector, increase the visibility of women in the sector, and to provide a networking and support group.
In partnership with Infrastructure NZ, WIN hosts events, advocates for greater representation of women in the sector, and provides opportunities and tools, such as the WIN LinkedIn Group for women to connect with each other. We are proud to facilitate a diverse network across the entire spectrum of participants open to women at all levels working in the New Zealand infrastructure sector. Find out more about WIN NZ on their website here.
NAWIC - Women in Construction
NAWIC was founded in Texas in 1952 by a group of 16 women. Since then it has grown to an international organisation. Today it is going strong in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. NAWIC NZ has been active in Wellington since 1996, and has recently established Chapters in Auckland and Canterbury. Our members include quantity surveyors, project managers, suppliers, planners, designers, architects, engineers, tradespeople and lawyers.
NAWIC encourages women to pursue, establish and sustain successful careers in the construction industry. Our vision is to be the leading voice for women in the New Zealand industry. We hold regular events to inform and up-skill women in construction and to promote networking and information sharing for the betterment of the construction industry as a whole. Find out more about NAWIC on their website here.
GAZELLA is an independent publication offering insights into inspiring females within the built environment. Primarily in Australia, and updated weekly, the blog exhibits interviews focusing on the work of women and topical issues in the current climate. Launched to capture the stories and spirit of the determined, Gazella share a passion for the celebration of women, their experiences and opinions, as well as advice and learnings that can be shared amongst our community. You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter by visiting their website here.