International Women in Engineering Day is celebrated on 23rd June every year. It creates and raises awareness among women about the exciting opportunities available in the field of technology. This day also celebrates the exceptional achievements of women in engineering and allied field globally.
Engineering has changed the way we live – providing us with a comfortable lifestyle, better health and easy conveyance. From bedrooms to boardrooms, roads to rooftops, homes to hospitals – everything has been touched and changed by the power of engineering and technology.
But the sad part is even today, engineering is still a male-dominated industry. The shocking part is there were 37% women computer scientists in 1995. But today, the number has declined to 24%. Yes, the numbers have decreased and at this rate, they will continue to decrease further. So, there’s a growing need to promote women’s role in technology fields.
Women’s Engineering Society (WES) began the initiative to celebrate Women in Engineering Day in 2014. Because of the huge response the initiative received, it also received UNESCO patronage in 2016.