What is Women in Engineering?
Women in Engineering at the Western University is a student group working to provide social and academic support for future and current females students. WIE was created in 1989 to increase the female representation in Western's engineering program. Since then, female enrollment in Engineering at Western has increased from 9% to 18%. WIE has initiated activities and events to encourage female engineering students to get to know each other, to help orient new female students to university life, to encourage female high school students to enter engineering, and to provide a support network for career development.
What Do We Do?
WIE organizes lots of events throughout the year, including events just for female students and events for everyone. Please check out our events page for some examples!
Why is It Necessary to Have a Women in Engineering Group?
Although they have made significant strides in the last 50 years, women in engineering are still an unrepresented group and support services and outreach programs are necessary. WIE groups are important to give girls the knowledge, confidence, and opportunities required to consider engineering, and to succeed as engineers. It is important to address the gender stereotypes that prevent girls from studying in male-dominated fields and to provide female role models to give girls confidence and inspiration to reach their full potential. Women in engineering groups are an excellent medium through which to empower young girls, support female engineering students, work towards equality, and achieve a more balanced professional workforce.
Why is Engineering a Great Carreer Choice for Women?
- Love the work that you do and have time to live your life
- Make a difference and change the world
- Help others
- Be creative
- Work with intelligent people
- Solve problems and invent new things
- Never a dull moment
- Excellent salary
- Enjoy job flexibility
Women in Engineering Facts?
- In Canada, women didn't graduate from engineering programs until the 1920's
- Today, only 7% of all licensed engineers in Ontario are women
- The Engineering Department at Western opened in 1954, and our the first female graduated in 1966
- Today, the number of women enrolled in Ontario Engineering Schools is approximately 20%
- The number of licensed women professional engineers is 7%
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