Excellent article about Jo da Silva, a civil engineer at Arup, in the latest issue of Vogue.
If engineering is to attract greater numbers of women into the fold it needs more articles like this to break down the preconceptions of what engineering is about.
Glamorous, intelligent, articulate and talented female engineers like da Silva are pretty rare at the moment – but they need not be. Articles like this demonstrate the attraction of the profession and how women can play their part without in any way compromising their femininity, and role as a mother.
Jo de Silva is not alone; there are other “engineering heroines” out there.
What is needed is a concerted campaign on the part of the Engineering Institutions to present women engineers in a similar fashion as examples to inspire the next generation.
Barrie Weaver January 2014