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While a shortage of women in engineering isn't specific to the UK, we're faring particularly badly when compared with the rest of Europe. In Sweden, women account for 25% of the engineering workforce. Women there can successfully combine professional and family life and engineering is viewed as one of society's most desirable and respected jobs.
Susan meets some of the UK's accomplished female engineers. Jane Wernick runs her own practice and played a pivotal role in the construction of the Millennium Wheel. Professor Dame Ann Dowling is the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, where her work involves giving lectures across the country where she explains the diversity of engineering, from food manufacturing to cyber security and from developing renewable energy to designing medical equipment.
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Producer: Paul Smith A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.