50% for the long term

Today, June 23rd marks International Women in Engineering Day 2020

According to the Society for Women in Engineering, globally Women in Engineering represent 13% of the workforce. Australia is at 12%.

These are abysmal statistics.

Checking Inhabit’s staffing ratios this week, we currently have 31% women in our workforce, comprising engineers, architects and industry leading experts across a variety of disciplines servicing the construction industry. We’re still 19% short and have work to do for equality to be truly reached.

Closer to home, our Australian work force is currently 36% women in technical roles. Still 14% short of where we need to be locally.

Chris Nielsen, President of Engineers Australia Queensland chapter comments:

“There is no fundamental reason whatsoever why there shouldn’t be more women in engineering in Australia; 35% of engineers in Europe are women. Iran has more than 50% women in engineering and 70% of all STEM graduates are women. Similar representation needs to be achieved in Australia if we are to continue our place as global leaders.”

I couldn’t agree more.

International Women’s Day was March 8th 2020, where I was fortunate enough to spend time with various of our female business leaders at the Engineers Australia Lunch. We heard Nadine Champion speak, sharing her sensationally inspiring story of grit, courage and determination. She represents the very best of us and what anyone should aspire and strive to be.

Since the first week of March 2020, we decided that Inhabit could do its part to helping balance the bias. We made the decision that all publicity on our website and social media properties, such as LinkedIN, Facebook, Instagram, were going to be equally derived and balanced from a gender perspective.

Of the 60+ posts on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/inhabit-group/ since March 2020, 50% have been about the women at Inhabit.

It’s our commitment to making a difference, where we can.

And it means that when my feisty 10 year old daughter levels her gaze at me and matter of factly says: “What are YOU doing Dad?!” I can tell her and my 12 year old son, that I’m doing the best I can to make the world a better place.

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