Gender equality and Romy Mayer

By Nadine Armstrong

Supercar engineer Romy Mayer is smashing the status quo on International Women's Day.

Red Bull’s Mayer this week addressed a group of 150 high-school girls at the Queensland University of Technology’s Power of Engineering series. The initiative is designed to give girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) some hands-on experience as well as air time with career advocates such as Mayer.

It’s an initiative close to the race engineer’s heart — she remembers thinking the male-dominated world of engineering sounded daunting when she was of high school age.

Yilmaz applauds Mayer: “Romy’s work highlights just how important STEM will be for those working in the automotive industry now and into the future.

“As the saying goes, ‘You can’t be, what you can’t see’ and Romy provides a face for women working in automotive. Automotive, and motorsport more specifically, has traditionally been very male dominated, with women often relegated to the role of grid girls. It’s great to see women contributing in sophisticated roles — at the very top of the motor sport world.”

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