Engineering: A Diverse Path Forward
By: Neve Spicer, We the Parents
The drive to create, to innovate, and to improve is perhaps one of the most significant traits of an engineer; whether it’s architects designing artistic and highly functional buildings, biomedical engineers devising new methods of medical treatment, or inventors revolutionizing daily life, it’s undeniable that humanity has been led ever forward by their blend of creativity and intelligence. From historical construction like Taliesin to the International Space Station, refrigeration, and even windshield wipers, our world would be a very different place without their work.
Though women have often taken their rightful seat at the table throughout history, and have been responsible for a good deal of scientific and domestic progress, they remain underrepresented in the STEM fields. Just 13% of American engineers are women,  and women that do become professional engineers are likely to be paid less than their male counterparts.
In response to important cultural shifts prioritizing the voices of underrepresented classes, including women and people of color, many top STEM schools and companies are making a significant effort to build a diverse future workforce through outreach programs, internships, and scholarships. Thankfully, the future role of women in engineering is a promising one — tomorrow’s engineers can take a great deal of inspiration from today’s trailblazers, including:
Read on to meet even more women engineers as featured in this handy infographic, which can serve as great inspiration for creative young ladies.