In a letter to the Bank of England, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) has argued the case for keeping a woman on one of the UK’s bank notes, suggesting that by choosing a woman who has excelled in a non-traditional role we would be sending out a great message to young people.
Dawn Bonfield, who is Vice President of the oldest organisation of women engineers in the world, said: “Young girls need to see that women can succeed in non-traditional roles, and we need to start celebrating the achievements of our pioneering women. We have suggested that one of our electrical engineers such as Caroline Haslett (pictured) could be featured, or the pilot Amy Johnson. Both women have been past Presidents of the Women’s Engineering Society. Ada Lovelace was another well known woman who has made it in a non-traditional career, and this is something we need to talk about and celebrate.”
The Society believes that showing role models in this way would send a clear message to the population and especially to young girls that it wasn’t only men who had been successful in technical careers. With a skills shortage in engineering forecast it was vital that girls were encouraged to consider engineering as a career option.
The WES will be 95 years old next year and was formed originally by the women who took up engineering during World War One.
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