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Young women will find engineering inspiring, not intimidating


Equality and diversity within engineering have been a hot media topic recently, with figureheads such as the president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Barry Clarke, speaking out in an effort to evoke action where it’s needed – in government, The Guardian reports. Even transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, while heralding the virtues of HS2 at the ICE, called for more young people to pursue a career in engineering. That said, the workplace has clearly matured into a very different environment since women like Tina Amirtha – who recently wrote a column in the New Statesman criticising her male colleagues’ attitudes toward her as a female engineer – joined almost a decade ago. Whilst some would argue that females have to persevere with confidence to – in the words of Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg – “sit at the table”, the industry is changing. It has changed…

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