“I’ve always felt that I had to work three times harder than anyone to be noticed,” says Flavia Popescu CMgr FCMI, senior project professional at Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land, the defence engineering company. “And probably six times harder to have the opportunity to be promoted.”
Flavia believes this is mostly due to unconscious bias within the engineering industry. Just 26% of the UK’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is female. Within engineering specifically, it falls to 12.9%. And while the problems of attracting women to STEM are acknowledged, the glass ceiling is affecting retention, too.
“Women are as skilled, knowledgeable and as capable [as men],” says Flavia. “But are they recognised and rewarded? Not yet.”
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