International Women's Day 2019 #IWD2019

Female engineers in Irish Water want to inspire girls and young women to consider a career in engineering this International Women’s Day.International Women’s Day falls during Engineers Week this year and with an Engineers Ireland report highlighting that only 13% of engineering graduates in 2017/2018 in Ireland were women, Irish Water is using the week to celebrate female engineers and promote engineering as a career choice for girls.

For Engineers Week, we are showcasing a selection of our female engineers who are at various stages of their careers and who are working in different engineering roles. They will also be increasing the visibility of female engineers and promoting engineering as a career for girls during its annual Engineers Week programme of school visits, site tours and career talks.

Katherine Walshe: Head of Asset Operations

Katherine is Head of Asset Operations in Irish Water, a member of Irish Water’s Senior Management Team and a UCC Civil Engineering graduate. Katherine’s varied career includes water, roads, housing and environment related works, as well as organisational development and enterprise. She was also the first female engineer in Kerry County Council.

"In Irish Water we are committed to gender equality - 50% of our Senior Management Team is female - which is why we want to inspire girls and young women to explore engineering career paths particularly within the water sector.”

Kate Gannon: Corporate Affairs Manager

Kate is Corporate Affairs Manager in Irish Water and has been an engineer for 17 years.

“Many girls and young women simply may not know a woman who works in an engineering, science or technical field, so they are less likely to consider these career options. I think if girls see more women working and leading in STEM industries, they can picture themselves in these types of roles.”

Miriam Grant: Water Resources Planner

"Subjects like technical drawing or even applied mathematics weren’t offered in my all-girls secondary school. This can leave you at a disadvantage going into college and put you off choosing engineering. I am glad that I persevered; the women I have met and worked with since beginning my career have been an inspiration and are some of the best engineers I have worked with. It is fantastic that here in Irish Water, we have women in prominent leadership positions.”

Angela Ryan: Water Supply and Resources Strategy Specialist

“Every day brings a new challenge, every day is busy and I haven’t had a ‘boring’ day in the last twenty years.”

Georgina O'Reilly: Asset Operations Lead

"Throughout my childhood and teenage years, I loved building and working outside on projects with my Dad. When I told him my college choices, he knew it was the career for me.

We're delighted to be promoting Engineers Week again this year and staff across the country are visiting schools, hosting site tours and speaking about their careers in the water industry and highlighting the size and scale of the work in safeguarding Ireland’s water for the future. For further information on the range of activities we've organised, click on the button below.


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