Planet Beyond Podcast
Women in Hydrography
Hydrography as an industry emanated from the wellspring of naval research, and ever since it has been a male dominated field. The field studies and describes the physical features of oceans, seas and other bodies of water and often requires work offshore.
Attitudes surrounding women working offshore have historically restricted opportunities for women to gain promotion, and although there are improvements, a lack of awareness of the issues surrounding gender inequality make it a difficult problem to change.
Helen Stewart and Sarah Jones-Couture have decades of experience in the industry and have seen and dealt with the extra barriers women face, from the minor inconveniences to the major hurdles. However they have also been working to raise awareness of these issues and helping industry make the necessary changes.
Helen Stewart, Hydrographer, Fugro
Sarah Jones-Couture, Public Relations and Communications Officer, International Hydrographic Organisation