International Women in Engineering Day

Celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in engineering on June 23.

International Women in Engineering Day celebrates and raises awareness of women’s contributions to the engineering field.

Launched by the Women’s Engineering Society in the UK in 2014, it marked the society’s 95th anniversary.

10 years on, the day is more important than ever.

What is International Women in Engineering Day?

The day aims to promote gender diversity in engineering, inspire future generations of female engineers, and address the gender imbalance in the profession.

The goal of the day is to encourage governments, educational institutions, corporations, professional engineering institutions, individuals, and other organizations to organize events, and promote women’s contributions to the field.

(Women’s Engineering Society site)

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Why Celebrate Women in Engineering?

Honor Achievements: The day honors the accomplishments and innovations of women engineers, reinforcing the vital role they play in advancing technology and society.

Promote Gender Diversity: The day highlights the contributions of women in a traditionally male-dominated field, encouraging more gender balance in engineering.

Inspire Future Generations: By showcasing female role models, it motivates young girls to consider careers in engineering and STEM.

Raise Awareness: The day brings attention to the challenges women engineers face and advocates for a more inclusive and supportive work environment.

Assist in Global Networking: Recognizing the day provides a platform for networking, collaboration, and professional development for women engineers worldwide.

Using Incentives for International Women in Engineering Day

Simple Ways to Celebrate

International Women in Engineering Day is a perfect opportunity to acknowledge the engineers in your organization through events, social media posting and through verbal and written acknowledgment.

A bit of thanks from managers always fosters a positive work culture.

In addition to your events, you can make your expression of gratitude far more memorable when you couple it with a small token of thanks. An online incentive or reward is a perfect gift for the occasion.

We can show you how in just a few minutes.

Here are some thoughtful and appropriate ideas:

Personalized Gifts: Custom items like engraved pens, nameplates, or trophies recognizing specific achievements.

Gift Cards: Cards to popular stores, restaurants, or online platforms, allowing recipients to choose what they like.

Experience Gifts: Tickets to events, workshops, or classes relevant to their interests or professional development.

Company Swag: High-quality branded items like jackets, bags, or tech accessories.

Handwritten Notes: Accompany gifts with personalized thank-you notes acknowledging their hard work and contributions.

Encourage Further Study: The day is a great occasion to highlight your organizations educational assistance programs that can assist staff that wants to increase their skill and training.

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Create a Buzz on International Women in Engineering Day

Here are a few ideas to highlight and create some excitement for women in engineering.

Host a Luncheon

Create a casual setting where women engineers can share their experiences and achievements

Guest Speakers

Invite successful women engineers to speak or participate in panel discussions to inspire and inform.

Workshops and Training

Offer workshops focused on professional development, leadership, and technical skills. 

Start a Mentorship Program

Launch or promote mentorship initiatives connecting junior women engineers with experienced professionals.

Award Acomplishments

Acknowledging accomplishments with gifts is a meaningful way to celebrate and motivate your team.

Highlight Successes

Use your internal and external communications channels like social media, newsletters or intranet posts to showcase the contributions of women engineers in your company.

Women's Engineering Society

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is a UK-based charity and professional network supporting women in engineering.

Its mission is to help women engineers achieve their potential and promote an inclusive engineering industry. WES organizes events, awards, and campaigns like International Women in Engineering Day, and offers mentoring through MentorSET.

The society also partners with various organizations to foster gender diversity and support career development in STEM fields.

For more information, visit the Women’s Engineering Society website.

Here are just a few reasons you should consider using incentives for your programs:

Increase visibility

A free lunch always gets attention, doesn’t it? Rewards and incentives make the day stand out and give employees a reason to think about the importance of their contributions to the organization.

Increase motivation

Incentives motivate employees to excel. When employees see that there is a reward for success, they may be more likely to appreciate the talents of engineers in the organization and perhaps be motivated to join their ranks.

Encourage personal development

Incentives and rewards can encourage employees to works towards gaining new skills and increasing their education. A more highly trained workforce is a benefit for both the employee and the company.

Improve morale

Gifts are always appreciated! Offering incentives shows employees that the company values their contributions. It’s a small part of improving morale and increasing employee engagement, which can lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction. 

Let Everyone Enjoy!

Make Sure to Include Virtual Staff and Remote Employees

If you are having events or seminars make sure you include remote staff.

Give virtual employees workers plenty of advance notice that you’re having a session. If you are having a lunch, include them as well.

You can automate the sending of gift cards to the food establishment of their choice so they may participate.

Track redemption progress so you can make sure everyone gets to participate. 

There are plenty of choices to make sure your remote staff get the food they want – either in a local restaurant – or delivered right to their home.

  • Local Merchant Cards, including local restaurants
  • National food and pizza chain cards
  • Food delivery services; GrubHub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats
  • Payments via Visa/Mastercard, and payment providers

Send virtual staff a choice of cards from local and national food options with instructions on how to participate in your  luncheon event.

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International Women in Engineering Day History

International Women in Engineering Day originated in the United Kingdom in 2014, established by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to mark its 95th anniversary. The day is designed to raise the profile of women in engineering and to encourage more girls and women to consider engineering careers.

International Women in Engineering Day celebrates the achievements of women engineers and seeks to address the gender imbalance in the engineering fields.

The inaugural event was met with enthusiasm and quickly garnered attention, leading to its rapid growth in subsequent years. The initial success was a catalyst for the event receiving UNESCO patronage in 2016, a significant milestone that underscored its international importance and impact.

By 2017, the event had gained substantial international interest, prompting WES to expand its scope beyond the UK, thus transforming National Women in Engineering Day into International Women in Engineering Day. This change allowed for global participation, enabling organizations, educational institutions, corporations, and individuals from around the world to join in the celebration and promotion of gender diversity in engineering.

Summary

International Women in Engineering Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd to honor and promote the contributions of women in engineering.

The day of honor was established in 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society in the UK, and coincided with their 95th anniversary.

The goal of the day is to highlight the achievements of women engineers, address gender disparities in the field, and inspire young girls to pursue engineering careers.

By 2017, the day expanded globally due to growing international interest. The day encourages various organizations to organize events, share success stories, and promote gender diversity in engineering.

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