This page contains resources to explore the international perspective on women in engineering and links to information about diversity in engineering. The Electrifying Women project is reaching out to colleagues who can help to collectively develop a more inclusive version of its international history of women in twentieth-century engineering and science – you can find out more about this network here.

A drawing by Alona Bach inspired by the Electrifying Women panel discussion on the international perspective on women in engineering at BSHS History of Science Digital Festival (reproduced with the kind permission of Alona Bach)

From Electrifying Women

ICWES 2 Proceedings

What would constitute an inclusive history of women in engineering and applied science?, paper by Graeme Gooday & Emily Rees 

International conviviality: recovering women in engineering from Africa and Asia in ‘The Woman Engineer’, blog by Graeme Gooday

Internationalism and the Women’s Engineering Society, blog by Graeme Gooday

“Uganda has lost its first woman engineer”: Remembering Miriam Sebaggala (née Muwanga), blog by Emily Rees

Who went to the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES) in 1964 and 1967? blog by Emily Rees

Ira Rischowski: refugee engineer, blog by Graeme Gooday

A Chemistry Professor in Pakistan: Recapturing Missing Stories of Women in STEM

The Woman Engineer – The UK Women’s Engineering Society’s journal

There are several examples of non-British members and women of colour in The Woman Engineer, digitised here

Further reading and links

Proceedings of the First International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists, 1964

Timeline of women in engineering worldwide (generated on

Shantha Mohan, Roots and Wings: Inspiring Stories of Indian Women in Engineering, Notion Press, 2018

Black History Month in conversation with Bola Fatimilehin, Head of Diversity at Royal Academy of Engineering, about diversity and engineering

International Women in Engineering Day

Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers

Links to some of the international organisations supporting women in engineering and STEM (and relevant articles)

International Network of Women in Engineering and Science (INWES)


African Women in Science and Engineering



Society of Women Engineers


IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group

Middle East

Article about women in engineering in UAE

Article about women in engineering in Iran and Saudi Arabia


Unesco article on women in STEM in Asia