Women spread their wings at the Paris Air Show
This Thursday, June 18, 150 senior-high-school students from Elles Bougent visited several stands at the Paris Air Show to answer the questions on the "quiz trail" organized by the association to help them find out more about the professions in this sector. Around 15 women sponsors and ambassadors welcomed these young girls at Safran's stand (Hall 2A – 228-252) to help them find the answers among the association's various partner firms.
Making a real difference
Anne-Cécile Idoux, an Elles Bougent Sponsor and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) Program Manager, talks about why she decided to become involved in this non-profit: "I managed to break into this industrial world and this is one way of helping other young women to make it here as well. We need to change people's attitudes. The more women work in industry, the more they will belong here." Mélisande Richardot, an Elles Bougent Ambassador and EPF engineering school student, agrees: "There aren't many girls in scientific circles – especially in industry. Elles Bougent can make a real difference: several of the young women I met have since started taking scientific courses."
Safran's 10-years partnership with Elles Bougent
Safran has been supporting Elles Bougent for 10 years with a view to promoting the place of women in technical jobs and engineering careers, and to encouraging talent diversity within the Group – one of the key aims of Safran's recruitment policy. Alain Lorgeoux, the Group's Head of CSR and Diversity, adds, "Safran, like other industrial firms, has a duty to promote its professions to young people – especially young women in high schools and universities. I want to thank Elles Bougent and its sponsors for helping us do that."
230 women sponsors at Safran
Gender mix provides the variety of profiles and viewpoints that we need to unleash creativity and innovation within the Group. Safran's network has 230 sponsors today. They are all women who work for the Group, liaise with Elles Bougent members in high schools, and take part in the several awareness campaigns organized throughout the year. Today, women account for 25% of Safran's workforce and 21% of the engineers in the aeronautics sector.
Caroline Diebolt, Elles Bougent Vice President for Partner Relations and a Black Belt at Snecma (Safran), wraps up: "These days, young women still don't really know about many of the prospects in technical and scientific careers. And it's important to tell them about those opportunities early on, when they are in junior and senior high school. We still have a huge amount of work to do to get them to think about these professions spontaneously. And industrial groups have an essential role to play."
Learn more :
- The official website http://www.ellesbougent.com/agenda/rencontres-partenaires/951/