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Let’s Celebrate International Women’s Day Together

March 8, 2022
This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias, and we have a content lineup to help do just that.

We often think about diversity and inclusion here at Machine Design. We pride ourselves with sharing the voices of the underrepresented. Today, on International Women’s Day, we want to lift the voices of women (engineer or not).

Every year, the International Women’s Day organization names a theme, and this year’s is “break the bias,” but what does this mean? It means we advocate for a world without stereotypes and discrimination, as well as celebrate our differences and the achievements of women.

Take a stroll through our Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) collection. Inside, you’ll find a variety of videos, articles and related content either produced by women or highlighting some major milestones they’ve made.

For example, this video interview with former Caterpillar VP Tana Utley describes how her team of engineers reduced diesel emissions by 96%. What was their secret? You’ll need to watch to find out. We also have an article about Audrey Sherman, an engineer with a record number of patents pertaining to adhesive technology.

If you want to throw it way back into the past, you can also find an article highlighting some major feats in engineering, like Katherine Johnson, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. Have you read about the woman who scribbled notes in an engineer’s paper, and more than a century later, those notes were recognized as the world’s first computer program? These are just two of many brilliant women you’ll find in this article.

You’ll also find resources on navigating a workplace in male-dominated professions, attaining leadership traits and this video, in which we describe different career paths young engineers can choose. We also published videos that take a deep dive into some lesser-known specialties, like subsea engineering and autonomous vehicles safety engineering.

Is a live event more your speed? Our quarterly WISE panel is taking place Mon., March 14 at 2 p.m. EDT. In this webinar, we’ll discuss with WEPAN’s Heather Metcalf and Linked XL’s Billy Ray Taylor what real allyship means and what negative forms allyship can take. If you can’t watch the webinar live, you can watch it anytime with an active registration. We hope to see you there!

Editor's Note: Machine Design's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) hub compiles our coverage of gender representation issues affecting the engineering field, in addition to contributions from equity seeking groups and subject matter experts within various subdisciplines. Click here for more.

About the Author

Marie McBurnett | Senior Editor, Machine Design

Marie McBurnett is senior editor for Machine Design, covering robotics, 3D printing and design software.

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