Helen Cavill STEM Ambassador
"International Women’s Day is a great time to reflect on all the inspiring, challenging career opportunities available to women across the world, and particularly careers in STEM. As a woman who has chosen to work in engineering, I can reinforce that it is a very empowering career where you use technical knowledge and creativity to improve the lives of others through solving real world problems".
EasyJet Captain Marnie Munns
“International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the achievements of women so I am delighted to be here today to speak to so many females who are interested in a career in aviation.
“I am also really pleased that my colleagues at Gatwick are today operating a fully female flight which was serviced by a female ground staff team. We thought this all female flight would be a very fitting way to celebrate the achievements of the many women working in the aviation industry.
“This year’s IWD theme is #BeBoldForChangeto help forge a better working world which is more inclusive and gender equal. This year easyJet has set an ambitious target of increasing the proportion of its female pilots aiming for 20% of new intake pilots by 2020. The aviation industry is exciting and challenging and I firmly believe that there should be absolutely nothing to stop women from entering into a career in aviation.
Lizzie Wells, Section Engineer at Balfour Beatty
“Girls and young women still don’t consider construction as a possible career path and I do find that people are surprised when I say that I work in the industry because people still think of it as an industry for men. This is a shame as attitudes have come a long way within construction and you will find that women are as accepted as equal to men.”