Engineers, politicians and even a Robot Wars judge have been supporting the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) social media campaign to tackle the lack of women in the sector.
Using the hashtag #9PercentIsNotEnough, the campaign encourages Twitter users to share photos highlighting the statistic that women make up only 9% of the UK’s engineering and technology workforce.
Politicians including Chuka Umunna and Chi Onwurah have shown their support on Twitter.
“Engineering is a fantastic career – it’s diverse and exciting with the opportunity to change lives – and the world. However, only 9% of women make up the UK’s engineering and technology workforce and this is a huge problem for the sector,” said the IET’s diversity and inclusion manager Jo Foster.
“We launched our #9PercentIsNotEnough campaign to encourage engineers to raise their hands if they too think that #9PercentIsNotEnough, and to help highlight that engineering is an exciting and realistic career aspiration for girls.”
Among other high-profile supporters, Robot Wars judge Noel Sharkey has also backed the campaign.
The social media campaign coincides with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which aims to encourage more young people into the industry by showing the range of roles available.