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Women in STEM: Minister Raab visits female engineers at Thales

Picture: Founder of Thales Women in Network with Austrian minister for Women Susanne Raab (f.l.t.r. Claudia Kernstock, BM Susanne Raab, Ruth Boyer) ©Christian Husar

Today, Susanne Raab, minister for Women and Integration in Austria, visited Thales. With 400 employees in Austria, Thales develops technology solutions for critical infrastructure – from railway transport to satellite navigation.

With the establishment of the women's network “Thales Women in Network”, the Group wants to connect women experts in-house and beyond its own company with other organizations. “Thales Women in Network” initiative focuses in particular on promoting young female technicians and their know-how across the company.

During a network meeting, minister Raab met Mahmuda-Mohasin Mollah, who started as a trainee at Thales and is now responsible for setting up a laboratory for a technology platform that makes all Thales safety-critical rail solutions safe and secure.  Furthermore, Minister Raab exchanged ideas with Melanie Gartner-Pohl, who is currently working for ÖBB on digitizing the interlocking for rail traffic and bringing it into a cloud

„Women in technical professions have a strong role model effect and can encourage young girls to give up their reservations against “typical male” job profiles. if we can get girls and young women enthusiastic about STEM careers, they can access great career and income opportunities. This has a major impact on bridging the income gap between women and men”, says minister Raab.

For Hannes Boyer, CEO at Thales in Austria, “diversity” is more than just a buzzword: “As a large company, it is our duty to encourage capability and talent, and diversity contributes to bringing these talents in Thales and the high tech industry. I am very proud to see female technician profiles from our company rising and becoming role-models for female students that could also be tempted to join the technology industry."