Engineering has some of the lowest percentages of women working within the sector - with just nine per cent of the UK’s engineering workforce being made up by females.
Poornima Vijayashanker, the Founder of Femgineer, a company which aims to get more women into tech, is hoping to change this once and for all. Speaking at Inspirefest 2016, she explained how a common argument put forward by men is that they do not want to give a woman a senior position just because she is a woman.
In her talk she went on to explain how this triggers one of two responses from women; either they will not want to be the token woman, or they will feel obliged to stay silent because they are “just a token”.
She also admitted that she felt like “a token female” in 2008, which inspired her to launch her start-up in the first place.
“The truth is that even those small moments of speaking up in a meeting, internal event or conference are going to make a difference,” she said.
“I don’t want to be known for having lived in an era where the female voice was stagnant… so to all of you out there, be the token, and be proud of it.”