National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23 June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. Since that launch in 2014 the day has grown enormously over the subsequent years to the point where it received UNESCO patronage in 2016.
In 2017, National Women in Engineering Day became international for the first time due to the interest and enthusiasm developed by the international audience and participants in the previous years. International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) was born to allow the celebration of women in engineering to become global.
•245 separate events registered with the INWED website
•50 international events registered with the INWED website in Bolivia, Panama, Cameroon, Pakistan, Mexico and New Zealand to name a few countries.
•Over 1267 downloads of the Resource Pack from the INWED website
•Reached over 2.5 million people on social media via our Thunderclap campaign
•Twitter followers on the @INWED1919 account increased by 35% since 1 March 2018.
•In the week of INWED alone, the INWED website was viewed by 36,620 unique visitors with 65,091 page views from 163 countries, covering all 5 continents!
•The ‘Draw an engineer’ competition received over 130 entries from children in the UK, Europe, India and
In 2019, we want to aim higher, with the theme #transformthefuture
We want to encourage all groups (Governmental, educational, corporate, Professional Engineering Institutions, individuals and other organisations) to organise their own events in support of the day, and link them together for maximum impact through the use of the INWED logo/campaign, corresponding website, and supporting resources
- Professional Engineering Institutions
- Other companies and organisations in the Sector
- Young people’s groups
- Special interest networks and groups
The Women’s Engineering Society is a charity which started in 1919 at the end of the First World War when the women who had worked in technical jobs during the war wanted to continue with this work. Click here for more information. A change of law to ensure that the country reverted to a pre-war setting when the War finished meant that women were unable to continue with their (engineering) jobs, and were unwanted in the technical professions. The pioneering and influential women of the time set up the Women’s Engineering Society, and have been working since that time to ensure equality for women in this non-traditional sector. Today WES is a membership organisation which has the following three roles: