Are you an engineer, studying to become one in France or the Maghreb, or do you belong to the management of one of the major schools in the sector? Do you act to increase the place of women in these professions, as a manager or as an activist within an association? You have until March 8 to apply for Les Ingénieuses (1), a competition launched on January 10, 2022 by the Conference of Directors of French Engineering Schools (Cdefi) may interest you.
To apply, all you have to do is send your CV along with a form. Candidates are invited to tell their story, their extra-curricular or professional commitments, but also, in a short text, their vision of gender equality, stereotypes and their impact on the orientation of young girls. Nine prizes will be awarded during a ceremony, scheduled for May 19, 2022: four prizes of €500 will reward a project, led by the staff or students of a school, aimed at promoting gender equality. Two others, of the same amount, will highlight female engineers in post, committed at their level. The last two, finally, will be awarded to female engineering students,one in France - she will receive €1,000 - and one in the Maghreb - who will receive €500 and will be invited to Paris to attend the award ceremony. Visibility and the beginning of networking for these young women who leave the tech professions 8 years on average after having integrated them, for lack of imagining a future and a possible career in an environment for the moment still trusted by men.
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Created in 2011, the Ingénieuses program puts the spotlight on the few women present in French engineering schools.
In 2016-2017, they represented 26% of enrolments, according to a study by the Institute of Public Policy, attached to the Paris School of Economics, published in January 2021. In addition to being low, the proportion women in the profession has stagnated since 2006, point out the authors of the study - while business schools are equal and IEPs are now predominantly female.
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The problem takes root upstream: in 2016, like ten years earlier, a third of students in the Scientific CPGE, the main route to the Grandes Ecoles, are women.
An under-representation that we therefore find, logically, in the profession: in 2018, they represented 22% of female engineers, according to the Society of Engineers and Scientists of France.
(1) Information and registration on ingenieuses.fr
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