Join us as we discuss Ailie MacAdams who has worked on some of the biggest engineering projects in the world, and Yassmin Abdel-Magied electrical engineer, author and activist.
“As a country we are short of engineers, so if we ignore 50 per cent of the potential workforce we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. We have a responsibility to do more to address the issues, find out why women don’t pursue this line of work and provide the opportunities for them to be successful. It is also vitally important to reach out to young girls before they choose their path through education, to dispel myths, show girls that engineering is a viable option and how rewarding it can be.”
Ailie is a British chemical engineer, fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers, STEM ambassador ‘Inspirational Leader’ at the UK construction industries’ Inspire Awards 2008, UK’s Top 50 Women in Engineering 2016.
“Asking us to go offline is like asking us to leave the streets. Sure, it’s the safe thing to do, but it ignores the importance of the online in any struggle today. The online and offline worlds are inextricably linked; in 2017 they are simply different dimensions of the same reality.”
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, a writer, an activist. She has founded Youth Without Borders, Mumtaza and Kuwa, advocated for diversity in politics and media and is a self-confessed petrol head. She has had a number of controversies in the last few years. She is also a fashionista!
“The irony in all this, of course, is that I am no one very important. I do not hold an elected office, I do not officially represent any racial or cultural group, and I have never been part of a political party, union or even political student organisation. I am a 25-year-old Muslim engineering chick, born in the Sahara desert, whose words occasionally find themselves in the public arena. And if a few words that I put together are enough to terrify institutions into attacking me, stumbling over themselves to demonstrate why “people like her” are wrong and why we should not be listened to because our words are oppressive, then one has to ask, what are they so afraid of? Why are they so afraid? For if the argument was truly as irrelevant as so many claim it to be, then surely it wouldn’t be worth all this energy.”