Celebrating International Women's Day in Industrial

By Maria Temple

Equality is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. It’s essential for our economies and communities to thrive. That’s why it’s important to spread awareness on International Women’s Day.

Working as a recruiter in the power-gen market, I’m starting to see equality being celebrated throughout the industry. For example, companies like Dale Power have implemented schemes to help women achieve success at their company. Then there’s strong female role models like Glynis Dean who won the Gender Diversity Ambassador Award at IET for her contributions to the Royal Air Force - where she tackled gender diversity issues.

Women have so much to give. Look at what’s been achieved already. Hungarian scientist Maria Telkes invented the thermoelectric power generator, paving the way for the first solar powered house. And Katherine Johnson calculated the trajectory for Apollo 11 land on the moon.

Then there’s more commercial examples in the wider world of industrial. Denise Johnson, Group President of Caterpillar, and Helen Hedblom, CEO at Epiroc, are starting to lead a generation of female C-level executives.

While there’s still a way to go, I’m pleased to see that my industry and the industrial sector are evolving. More capable women are getting into power and making a difference in the world.

A big thank you these inspirational women for sharing their messages:

  • Amy Whittier, Senior Global Marketing Leader at Suez
  • Flor Rivas, Executive Global Product Line Leader at Eaton
  • Novani Ganess-Johnson, Former Executive Services Director at GE Power
  • Yin Wan Loh, 2019 IET Young Engineer of the Year Award winner

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