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Posted by APM on 14th Feb 2014

The impact and growth in the number of female project managers was debated at the recent ‘Gender at Work: Women Project Managers Leading Change’ event where delegates heard of the contribution they have and are making to the profession.

Positive gender differences were debated at the event in October where speakers shared their experiences of working across different sectors.

Forty delegates were in attendance, which was organised by the Association for Project Management’s Women in Project Management SIG (WIPM SIG) and the International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

Presentations were delivered by experienced professionals representing sectors including construction, telecommunications, finance, housing, development and design. Speakers reflected on their careers and working experience in these fields, in which women are increasingly active.

Discussions included the often contentious issue of gender quotas, with polarised views emerging, and examples given by delegates from Sweden where quotas have been successfully used to encourage and retain women employees in leadership roles.

Vanessa Vallely


There was a focus on networking, raising personal profiles and social media, in a context of women not always promoting their own interests. Some workplaces have traditionally had a male-dominated professional/social network, but delegates heard that social media and contemporary networking opportunities now allow for a more balanced and accessible approach.

The WIPM SIG addresses the development and promotion of women working in project management environments as well as the development of the project management discipline through the contribution of women. It supports those in project management professions, regardless of gender, in an effort to maintain a balance between the many demands imposed on them while striving to retain their own identity.

The WIPM SIG will celebrate its 21st anniversary later this year and is planning a series of special events, with the main one in London on 25 September. The SIG can be contacted at wipmsig@apm.org

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