Re.engineer Magazine - Spring 2022

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Chloe Sales

NEVER TRY TO FIT IN , NEVER PUT YOURSELF DOWN . YOU A RE DIFFERENT FOR A RE A SON SO PLE A SE NEVER EVER THINK YOU H A VE TO FIT INTO THE MOLD TH A T SOCIETY H A S CRE A TED FOR US - BRE A K TH A T MOLD . Chloe enjoys visiting schools and colleges to educate and inform young females about her career and how she was introduced to welding. She also shares statistics and the reality that the divide in numbers between males and females in construction or engineering sectors is vast though improving. She is proud of the fact that this statistic is changing for the better, as more women are becoming known to have historically male dominated jobs. She is very passionate about what she she does and has stated, "you are in a job for most of your adult life. If you have a job you enjoy, it’s not really work, and you jump out of bed to go there every morning." She also thinks that it is so important to reach outside of your comfort zone as you never know what you will find and in what you will excel. By her words, “I really hope my story will inspire others to be different!" In this Re.engineer feature we traveled across the Atlantic ocean to England to connect with Chloe Sales, an awarding winning professional welder and female on a mission to get more girls into STEM. She shares her perspectives on innovation, collaboration and being a badass, confident mechanical artist! Chloe Sales is an welder from Stoke on Trent College. She has been welding for almost 5 years and absolutely loves it. She attended college for two years to gain her qualifications and completed a 12-month aluminum tig course in only five months at Stafford College as an evening class. She has worked at Alpha for almost 3 years now.

Only about 25% of STEM professionals are female. While women constitute almost 50% of the labor market, there are only 28% of women in STEM fields as opposed to 72% of men. The number of women in STEM fields has grown over the past years and keeps growing. Yet, ever since the origins of STEM fields in the age of enlightenment, these fields have been predominantly male. This gender imbalance is often referred to as the STEM gap.

Why is there a gender gap in STEM?

There are some possible causes for this large gap between the genders (not enough role models, sexism in the workplace, lack of advocacy in early education, etc.) , and understanding what causes the gender gap is vital in helping close it. However, at Re.engineer we want to celebrate women who are breaking through these barriers and who are challenging the status quo by showing the world that they are just as competent as men.

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