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Why more women should be joining the power industry

12/07/2019
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Gender diversity is historically a major issue with the power generation, transmission and distribution industry, which still faces a serious minority of female workers. Women comprise only 22% of this workforce, despite making up 47% of the working population in the USA. 

The power and energy sector has long had a problem with gender diversity, but now companies are taking steps to bring in more women

Only 25 women are currently in Board Executive positions across the top 200 utilities, accounting for just 5% of these placements globally, having risen only 1% in the last three years.

Data from the 2018 Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) shows further how the gender split is highlighted by job roles, with the most popular jobs for men being in technical disciplines, while female dominated roles were in HR, admin and accountancy.

However, companies are starting to wake up to this discrepancy and are offering more opportunities for women in this sector. 

Lindy Miller, co-founder of renewable energy company Cherry Street Energy in Georgia, USA has commented:

“Although the energy sector still remains one of the least gender-diverse sectors, more and more women are creating green energy initiatives, founding renewable energy companies, getting involved in energy policy, and running for seats at local, state, and national levels. Now more than ever, women are determined to gain a seat at the table—and for good reason.”

The many benefits of diversification are being recognised, with more women creating green energy initiatives

Finally, the benefits of diversification are being recognised. Many studies have delivered evidence that the more diverse a group, the quicker and easier it’ll be to identify and solve problems- diversity isn’t just a gender issue; it’s a business-critical issue.

Why should women join the power sector?

Power will always be prevalent in society, and as a result, the energy sector is able to offer people the chance for a lengthy and stable career.

Technology only works with power, whether that’s from a typical transformer or stored battery power and in today’s technology driven society, industries need dynamic thinkers to find new ways to generate and store large amounts of electricity. More women, more diversity, more ideas in this industry will open up new, revolutionary solutions.

Are you a female engineer looking for a new job in the Power industry?

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