Every March 8th, people around the world are encouraged to think about the struggles that women have overcome and continue to endure. Though we have come far since the early days of women’s liberation movements, systemic and long-lasting inequalities between the sexes continue to affect women of all walks of life and in all parts of the world.
International Women’s Day is not only a day to reflect on the rights fought for and won by our ancestors, it is also a time to challenge current inequalities and look for ways to create a more egalitarian world.
As a woman working in the additive manufacturing industry, I am today thinking about the fact that tech and additive manufacturing remain male-dominated fields. I am thinking about why that is and how it can change. I am thinking not only about my own experience in the industry, but those of other women. Those who have been in the industry for a long time, pioneering the emerging technology, and those who are—like myself—at the beginning of their AM careers.
This International Women’s Day, we spoke to a number of women who are shaping the additive manufacturing industry from their respective fields and positions. They’ve each provided a unique insight into their experiences as women in the 3D printing sector and shared their hopes for the industry. On a personal note, I can’t thank each of these women enough for their contributions to this article.
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