WISE Blog

Each month a different woman describes her choice of career on our blog, creating a fascinating snapshot of women who are in a minority - inventors, experimenters, engineers, technicians, scientists, researchers and more.

Some blogs feature a controversial viewpoint on a particular topic, and open up a starting point for discussion.

If you would like to share your story and inspire other women, or write an opinion piece, please contact Sarah Shaw at s.shaw@wisecampaign.org.uk

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Charlotte Kerr: ‘Positively Pink' Porthole Into Civil Engineering

Charlotte Kerr: ‘Positively Pink' Porthole Into Civil Engineering
Posted 1st December 2014 by Charlotte Kerr

That's me  -  'Positively Pink Engineering' representing any young female, anywhere, enthusiastic about civil engineering! I am a female dyslexic, a state school student, on my way to becoming a chartered civil engineer - proving that if you…


Kathryn Boulton-Pratt: A Winning Experience

Kathryn Boulton-Pratt: A Winning Experience
Posted 1st November 2014 by Kathryn Boulton-Pratt

A Winning Experience

Science is a subject that I am passionate about and as a teacher I have always worked hard to engage my students in a subject that is essential to everyday life. Last July I was incredibly touched when my Head teacher…


Mythili Sutharson: From dreams to potential reality

Mythili Sutharson: From dreams to potential reality
Posted 1st October 2014 by Mythili Sutharson

“WISE has helped me realise that engineering and science is a great field to go into, due to the fact that it is the foundation of our world as we know it today.”

I am 17 years of age and I am very interested in pursuing a career in…


Aradhna Tayal: My dad always told me that I could achieve anything

Aradhna Tayal: My dad always told me that I could achieve anything
Posted 1st September 2014 by Aradhna Tayal

Aradhna Tayal is a Distribution Manager at the BBC

Growing up, my dad always told me that I could achieve anything I wanted to in life, and I chose to believe him! I certainly didn’t have a shortage of role models – both of my parents were…


Simone Earle: A journey inspired by WISE

Simone Earle: A journey inspired by WISE
Posted 1st August 2014 by Simone Earle

Engineering runs through my blood, with the very definition supplied by Google totally summing me up! “The action of working artfully with science, mathematics and technology; to bring something about.”

Rather like the cliché, I too have…


Carole Bayliss: If it wasn’t for WISE I would not be a civil engineer today

Carole Bayliss: If it wasn’t for WISE I would not be a civil engineer today
Posted 1st July 2014 by Carole Bayliss

Carole Bayliss is a Senior Route Asset Manager with Network Rail. She joined the rail industry straight from University as a graduate and then became a Track Engineer in her 20’s. "At that time there were no other lady track engineer’s…


Sarah Haslam: Improving the World through Engineering

Sarah Haslam: Improving the World through Engineering
Posted 2nd June 2014 by Sarah Haslam

So……why did you choose Engineering?

This has been a question I have been asked frequently during my 20 years of working within automotive engineering but I am sure my male colleagues very rarely do!

I have my standard response of “well….. I…


Dr Joanna Kennedy: How far have we come? And how far to go?

Dr Joanna Kennedy: How far have we come? And how far to go?
Posted 1st May 2014 by Dr Joanna Kennedy OBE FREng FICE

Still a need for significant change

In the late 1960s my original motivation to become a professional engineer was to use my technical skills in maths and physics in a creative way to make a positive difference to the way people lived and to…


Jane Simpson: How a ‘light bulb’ moment helped me get into electrical engineering

Jane Simpson: How a ‘light bulb’ moment helped me get into electrical engineering
Posted 1st April 2014 by Jane Simpson

The ‘light bulb’ moment

Being able to make a light bulb work on the WISE bus opened up my eyes to the world of engineering and made me realise that engineers were tasked with designing, making and improving the world we live in. Without…


Katherine Jackson: Engineering - a passport to travel

Katherine Jackson: Engineering - a passport to travel
Posted 1st March 2014 by Katherine Jackson

Engineering: a passport to travel

Engineering and travelling the world. Not a combination I thought possible when growing up. I guess like many young person’s idea of engineering, I thought it would solely involve getting my hands dirty,…