How can women in energy achieve true gender equality?
We posed this question to a panel of four women working at Shell, and recorded their answers for a podcast to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016. All four believe that progress towards equality is being made globally, but that more needs to be done.
“It’s important for young women to see other women in leadership positions,” says Li P’ing Yu, Business Advisor to the Director of Shell’s Upstream business. Li P’ing knows how important role models can be, especially at the start of a career, having worked at Shell with some of the industry’s most accomplished professionals.
Li P’ing’s colleagues Maria Irvin, Nayrim Buchan and Marjolein van Delft have the same view. In the podcast, they share their experiences of working in energy, what they believe needs be done to achieve gender equality and what employers should be doing to attract more women into the industry.
“Careers in engineering aren’t easy, but they are rewarding,” says Nayrim. If we can get this message out to young women, she adds, then we can show the next generation that you can develop a meaningful career, regardless of gender or circumstance.
Shell’s commitment to equal opportunities for men and women made it the only oil and gas company to earn a place in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015 in the UK.