Aside from our post about Afton Hollertz’s award from Manufacturing Engineering Media, we haven’t covered too much about the people who actually work in manufacturing.
Today, though, we thought we’d spend a minute telling you about a great organization called Women In Manufacturing.
They exist to combat the typical thought that manufacturing is only for men, and their efforts are important to us here at NeMAC–we think it’s very important that everyone be informed just how diverse and interesting manufacturing can be.
Women In Manufacturing, which was started in 2009 by a group of members within the Precision Metalforming Association, states their goal as the following:
To encourage the engagement of women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry and want to share perspectives, gain cutting edge manufacturing information, improve leadership and communication skills, participate in sponsoring programs and network with industry peers. WiM is an organization that focuses on the support, retention and advancement of women in the manufacturing industry.
They provide a great support network for women in manufacturing, and have done a lot to change the way that many perceive the relationship between women and manufacturing.
The truth is, these days, anyone can succeed in manufacturing given the right amount of work and the right amount of skills/training. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or woman, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, and it doesn’t matter where in manufacturing you want to work.
So even though yes, it’s true that most workers in manufacturing these days are men, it’s also true that the manufacturing of today is more inclusive than ever. Don’t be discouraged because you think that you don’t have a place in the industry–we can promise that you do.
If you have any question about women in manufacturing, about pursuing a career in manufacturing, or really, anything related to what we write about here on our blog, feel free to reach out to us in the comments or on Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!