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#ILookLikeAnEngineer: Meet 5 Women Fighting Back Against Stereotypes

Marie Claire

As the #ILookLikeAnEngineer Hashtag goes viral, we meet five women proving that you can be an engineer whatever your gender...

It’s National Women In Engineering Day – but according to new research by Reed.co.uk, for every eight men in engineering, there’s only one woman. Which is why – in a bid to fight back against gender stereotypes and encourage more women to consider engineering as a viable (and exciting) career choice, we hunted out five women at the forefront of the industry…


Kirsty Singer, 30, Senior Structural Engineer at Fairhurst
‘I’ve been working in engineering for eight years now. I originally wanted to become an architect, but I did a work placement at a Structural Engineering company and it was just so much better! So I studied engineering at university, and went from there.

‘These days I basically spend my time working with architects and design teams to ensure buildings don’t fall down. Three quarters of my day is in the office, but 25 per cent of the time, I get to go to building sites or participate in design meetings. Those are my favourite things to do – I love getting to see what I’ve designed being built. Every day is so varied – I never know what I’ll be doing, and that makes it really fun.

‘It doesn’t surprise me that there are eight male engineers to every woman – I feel totally outnumbered, all the time. There’s only one other woman in my office. But that doesn’t mean engineering is a ‘male’ job at all. The problem is just that there isn’t enough done in schools to explain what engineering actually involves. Nobody knows what engineeringis, so they just assume it’s a job for the boys. In actual fact, I think women can potentially bring more to the role than men anyway. Our social skills are invaluable when it comes to communicating, and there’s nothing a man can do that I can’t.’

Jen Murley, 20, Health and Safety Intern at EDF Energy
‘At college, I didn’t even know what ‘engineering’ really meant – but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school, and I knew there was money in it. I think I pictured myself under a car covered in oil. I didn’t know that there were actually tonnes of different types of engineering out there, and that I could basically pick and choose until I found my dream career.

‘In my current company, there are a fair few women – but I’m still the only one in my team. You get used to it quickly though – and after a couple of weeks, the guys get used to you too. Depending on their age they either treat you like a daughter or a sister.






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