Empowering Geelong’s manufacturing industry: Celebrating women’s contributions on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2024 BY

More women are making their mark in manufacturing industry.

Geelong has seen inspiring examples of women breaking barriers and thriving in the manufacturing industry.

From engineers and technicians to managers and executives, women are making their mark and driving positive change.

Their resilience, determination, and passion are not only helping to reshape the industry but also inspiring future generations of women to pursue careers in manufacturing.

As International Women’s Day 2024 is commemorated, it’s time to acknowledge and celebrate these remarkable women.

Geelong has a rich manufacturing history, and in recent years, there has been a noticeable shift towards promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace, with more women taking on leadership roles and making significant strides in traditionally male-dominated fields.

Some have overcome systemic barriers while many more have been encouraged and mentored by enlightened management.

Many women would say they joined for a job and wound up with a powerful career, with evidence suggesting employers know the benefits of fostering a diverse workforce.

When people from different backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives come together, they bring a range of ideas and approaches to problem-solving – which leads to innovative new products, processes, and technologies, and this drives competitiveness.

By tapping into a larger pool of talent, the manufacturing industry can also help address talent shortages and skills gaps.

Decision-makers have identified that despite energetic strategies across their businesses, they still struggle to attract and retain women.

Geelong Manufacturing Council’s diversity and inclusion programs – Women in Manufacturing Network, Seed2STEM and Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing – aim to promote, support & encourage women’s participation in the manufacturing sector, bringing all these benefits and more.

The programs tell young women, their mentors, and parents what opportunities there are in manufacturing and showcase the range of inspiring careers that are available.

On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of women who are making their way in the manufacturing industry in Geelong and recommit to building a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

By harnessing the talents and perspectives of women, the full potential of the workforce can be unlocked, driving innovation and growth, and creating a more prosperous and sustainable society for generations to come.

Head to geelongmanufacturingcouncil.com.au for more.

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