Gender Equality in Renewables
AWEA´s Offshore Wind Virtual Summit
In North America, only 10% of women are in Board Executive positions, 25% are in Board Non-Executive positions and 22% are in Senior Management, the World Bank’s Stepping Up Women´s STEM Career in Infrastructure 2020 report. Yet women make up about 50% of the workforce.
The study found that in a survey of more than 3,700 female engineers in the United States, workplace climate and culture were among the most common factors when leaving the field. These issues and more were covered during AWEA´s Offshore Wind Virtual Summit.
The panel featured strong leaders in their field. Throughout the panel, Abby and the other panelists spoke about the industry and topics around gender equality. Inka Ivette Schomer, Senior Gender and Energy Advisor at the World Bank Group presented recent study findings on The Business Case for Gender Equality. You can read the full report here.
During a different panel earlier in the day, another panelist, Dr. Ayana Johnson, Founder of Urban Ocean Lab said “when I think about the need for racial justice as a way to address the climate crisis, I think not just of who’s getting impacted first and worst by climate change, which we know is poor communities and communities of color, but also how insane is it to try to solve the largest problem humanity has ever faced without including a third of Americans and thinking that we could possibly get it right? It’s the same thing with trying to solve climate change without listening to women. Why would you just brush aside half of the brainpower, creativity, wisdom of humanity? You’re setting yourself up to fail.”
It’s clear that the panelists feel passionately about this topic and that a diverse workforce is a key to a successful business. The strong leaders on the panel clearly demonstrated how women are powering offshore wind. And in echoing the final words of the panel, the moderator, Adrienne Downey closed with: “If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that we need more solidarity, across gender, racial and class lines. Hopefully we can all be a human at the end of this year and that doesn’t mean that we are not being professional because we entirely are.”