A century ago today, with the passing of the 19 th Amendment, women in the United States secured the right to vote. Each year, on August 26, that achievement is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day in the US.
The Gordie Howe International Bridge project team is committed to building an inclusive culture that supports diversity and equality amongst its employees. We are proud of the many women who are working on the project on both sides of the border.
Inas Naser is a Field Engineer working with Bridging North America on the US components of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project since October 2019. Her work includes reviewing drawings and status reports and overseeing staff.
Inas is “thrilled to be working on such an important project in her own backyard”. We asked Inas a few questions about her experiences as a woman in the field of engineering. Here is what she had to say.
What does Women’s Equality Day mean to you?
Inas Naser (IN): Women’s Equality Day is important to me because it reminds us that we need to treat everyone with fairness and respect. Everyone, regardless of sex or age, deserves the same rights, opportunities and protections.
What challenges have you had to overcome to be successful as a woman working in a traditionally male-dominated field?
IN: As one of the few female engineers working on the project, it can be intimidating at times. I continue to work everyday to focus on my worth, knowing my skills are just as valuable as many of my male co-workers in the engineering field.
Do you feel like there are any resources to help women enter the engineering field?
IN: I feel that I have enough resources at my job at Bridging North America, but I always encourage other women who want to pursue a career in engineering totalk to other women who have been successful in the field. I believe a strong support system like I have can lead to success.
How has the Gordie Howe International Bridge project team encouraged an inclusive work environment that allows women to be treated fairly while allowing them to excel and become leaders?
IN: Bridging North America has allowed me to pursue my love of science and satisfy my desire to learn, question and solve problems without discrimination. The team has also showed confidence in my abilities as being one of the team leaders for the project.
What do you recommend for women who want to pursue a career in engineering?
IN: The only person who can truly stand in your way is you. There will be difficult challenges, but don’t let anything stop you. Be yourself, not who other people want you to be, and have confidence in your ability. Learn from the people you work with and help others along their journey too.
Learn more about Women’s Equality Day and take some time today to recognize and thank the women in your life.