By Kavita Kumari

To mark Women in Engineering Day, we asked a number of our female engineers to share their stories and experiences of being a woman in this previously male dominated industry. Click here to view answers from others.

What does women in engineering day mean for you?

A day to recognise women’s abilities in the field of construction.

What is the most difficult gender related issue you have encountered in your working career?

I have been fortunate enough not to have encountered any gender related issues but I am aware that not everyone is so lucky. So it is important to bring attention to the issues that some women often experience.

What have you done to promote women in engineering?

  • I was nominated for the Building Magazine Woman of the Year.
  • I regularly speak to new female staff to make them feel welcome.

One piece of advice you would give to a young female starting out in a career in engineering?

  • Eat your greens and do your steps!

What are the top 5 positive things about being a woman in engineering?

  1. I enjoy the challenge and am able to stand out from the crowd.
  2. I am able to suggest new office initiatives, and have them listened to. One example is the bee project which has been implemented in the London office.
  3. The opportunities to meet so many amazing engineers and be remembered.
  4. Keep the men in check, testosterone overload!
  5. Being able to make a sustainable impact on the world.

What are the top 5 negative things about being a woman in engineering?

  • Wolf-whistling when I go to site!

Click here to view answers from others.

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