Celebrating women’s contributions on International Women’s Day 2024

March 8, 2024

Geelong has seen inspiring examples of women breaking barriers and thriving in the manufacturing industry. From engineers and technicians to managers and executives, women are making their mark and driving positive change. Their resilience, determination, and passion are not only helping to reshape the industry but also inspiring future generations of women to pursue careers in manufacturing.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2024, it’s time to acknowledge and celebrate these remarkable women.

Geelong has a rich manufacturing history, and in recent years, there has been a noticeable shift towards promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace, with more women taking on leadership roles and making significant strides in traditionally male-dominated fields.

Some have overcome systemic barriers while many more have been encouraged and mentored by enlightened management.  Many would say they joined for a job and wound up with a powerful career.

The evidence suggests that employers know the benefits of fostering a diverse workforce. When people from different backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives come together, they bring a range of ideas and approaches to problem-solving – which leads to innovative new products, processes, and technologies, and this drives competitiveness.

By tapping into a larger pool of talent, the manufacturing industry can also help address talent shortages and skills gaps.

But decision-makers tell us that despite energetic strategies across their businesses, they still struggle to attract and retain women.

Geelong Manufacturing Council’s diversity and inclusion programs – Women in Manufacturing Network, Seed2STEM and Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing – aim to promote, support & encourage women’s participation in the manufacturing sector, bringing all these benefits and more. Our programs tell young women and their mentors and parents what opportunities there are in manufacturing. They showcase the range of inspiring careers that are available.

On this International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the achievements of the women who are making their way in the manufacturing industry in Geelong and recommit ourselves to building a more inclusive and equitable future for all. By harnessing the talents and perspectives of women, we can unlock the full potential of our workforce, drive innovation and growth, and create a more prosperous and sustainable society for generations to come.