featured image courtesy of WEN website
The IWD theme for 2021 is ‘Choose to challenge’. The UN’s IWD theme is also “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. When we caught up recently, my friend and fellow writer Sonia Bestulic asked me for what I was going to #choosetochallenge. I decided that my challenge was to gather pearls of wisdom from other women which I would pass on and share as part of my #oneminutewisdom concept.
I also wanted to understand a little more about what our women leaders of the future would have to say, so have reached out to young women in the community to hear from them.
This week I have interviewed some young female engineering students and here’s what they have to say:
Introducing: Eva Hall who is studying electrical and electronics at Auckland University in New Zealand.
Tell us a little about you:
I really enjoy getting out doors and detaching from city life. I also enjoy moments with friends and family and food.
What do you love about science?
I love in science how everything is linked and how through the chaos in life everything finds order.
What is the most interesting thing you have learned at university?
I have enjoyed that engineering is all about problem solving and shaping the future. How when you take a closer look at one thing you realise there are so many other things you didn’t even know you didn’t know.
What was your motivation for getting involved in Women in Engineering (WEN)?
I saw the old options and attitudes towards women in industry through my internships and I realised if I want to see this change for other people there was no point in going alone, I need to bring other women up with me, so I joined WEN.
Can you tell us a little about your best moment as a WEN leader?
Being in a community of women that just see you as an engineer that is enough and adequate.
Are there any challenges as a woman in engineering?
Some male engineers decide what women can and can’t handle. They sensor your life at work, like what you would ‘like’ and wouldn’t ‘like’ to do in your job and even with conversations. They are only prepared to change things if they don’t have to change offensive behaviour in themselves and they just don’t understand what it is like to be a minority and how speaking out can disadvantage you even when you are in the right.
Another challenge is the attitude of women just not being strong enough to handle old and outdated workplaces and women should find another place to work, not that the company should update its culture to be more accepting.
What is your favourite motivational song?The theme for IWD this year is Choose to Challenge. What or who do you choose to challenge?
Myself, to check myself and my ways and question if I am doing my best to be inclusive.