Monday, June 6, 2016

New Zealand: Women In Geothermal Creating Opportunities

Abbie Dean's head of steam for geothermal women (Stuff)

Abbie Dean is New Zealand's Ambassador for Women in a male-dominated industry.

Abbie Dean is a geothermal geochemist at Contact Energy's Wairakei Power Station.
Scientist Abbie Dean is leading a campaign for women working in the geothermal industry - by recruiting men.

A year ago Dean was appointed New Zealand Ambassador for Women in Geothermal (WING), a global movement aimed at the promotion, education and advancement of women operating in the sector.

Now, Dean has just completed writing WING's five-year vision, and part of that road map includes having 50 per cent male membership, out of a target 1500 members by 2020.

She said: "We truly appreciate and need the support of men. Everyone has daughters, nieces, granddaughters, sisters and that means we need men involved too, to help ensure the next generation of New Zealanders don't encounter the subtle gender biases that are still out there and that create barriers for women."