On the occasion of the "First Industry Week" which took place from April 4 to 10, 2011, the association "Elles bougent" presented the results of its survey "A female perspective on Industry" carried out with of 361 women engineers, members of the association. The results of this survey should encourage the fairer sex to take an interest in the industry. On average, at the level of engineers and technicians, only 15% of the technical workforce in the industrial sectors are women. "The manufacturers want to feminize their teams but the candidates are not there in sufficient number", underlines "They move".
This survey changes us a bit from the endless surveys on gender inequalities in companies, which are certainly interesting but which may in the long run generate a certain discouragement. The survey of “Elles bougent” nevertheless addresses the question and reveals that 62% of the women questioned (from 31 to 65 years) declare to have been discriminated professionally, at least once as women. This being the case, 95% of women are satisfied with their professional career. The survey by “Elles bougent” reveals that women engineers are happy in their work, enjoy the international context of their profession and have confidence in the future. They are confident in the future of their sector, apart from those in the automotive sector who have doubts about the long-term future of the sector. The energy sector, and in particular that of renewable energies, embodies the most promising industrial sector for the next generation.
Finally, we will highlight a point that twists the neck of certain received ideas. The survey reveals that although 55% of women engineers are mothers, only 14% work part-time. Mobility does not scare them: 70% of women surveyed have already worked abroad or wish to go there. .
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