According to a recent APESMA survey more action needs to be taken to help women engineers overcome serious problems in their workplaces.
Women engineers and scientists might be interested in attending the 15th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES15) at the Adelaide Convention Centre from July 19 – 22. More details of the conference are available here .
According to a recent APESMA survey more action needs to be taken to help women engineers and scientists overcome serious problems in their workplaces.
APESMA’s recent survey of 1100 technical professional women uncovered a disturbing culture in Australia’s engineering profession:
Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said that taking maternity/parental leave – including unpaid leave – was likely to be detrimental to their career, despite legally having access to these provisions.
Nearly 40 per cent of respondents stated that they had been bullied and 38 per cent discriminated against in the course of their employment. Nearly 20 per cent reported that they had been sexually harassed, although only one fifth of those had reported the incident through official channels.
47.4 per cent of respondents said that their career progression had been affected by workplace culture. When asked, women said that flexible working arrangements, pay equity and career development were issues of most concern.
And nearly one quarter of respondents expected that they would leave their profession within five years.
APESMA CEO, Chris Walton, said a collaborative approach was needed to create better working conditions for Australia’s women engineers.
He has written to Consult Australia suggesting a joint campaign from both management and employers to help close the gender gap in engineering, saying “APESMA is determined to develop strategies to address this situation. We are open to doing so in conjunction with Consult Australia. We believe working together constructively will achieve better outcomes and send a positive signal. Although leadership from management is essential to solutions, we recognize all those working in the professions have a role to play, including our members.”
Stay tuned for more developments in how APESMA is fighting for a better deal for women engineers both in their workplaces and in the corridors of power.
For more information visit APESMA's Professional Women's Group .