Women Like Me
Women Like Me pairs senior women engineers with junior women engineers, who are supported to undertake engineering education outreach in local schools and at public events.
Only 11% of engineers in the UK are women. In order to increase the number of women in engineering, both recruitment and retention are important – more girls need to connect with engineering as a creative, socially conscious, collaborative discipline, and more women need to be supported to make a difference in the workplace.
Women Like Me is addressing this by pairing mid-career women engineers with junior women engineers in the Bristol and Bath area to provide career and public engagement mentoring.
Junior engineers are delivering engineering engagement activities in local schools and at local public events, providing positive role models for young girls. Through this approach, the project will lead to impact both in the workplace today, and for the future of the engineering profession.
Funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant, the project is led by Laura Fogg Rogers, building on her previous research showing the importance of peer group and leadership support for women, and coordinated by Laura Hobbs through the Curiosity Connections network and WISE Bristol Hub.