On the occasion of International Women's Day (IWD), we continue to receive nominations and entries for the 2021 Autocar Great Women: Rising Stars event. Autocar's groundbreaking annual industry initiative celebrates up-and-coming female stars in the British automotive industry, chiming well with IWD's aim of being "a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women."
The global IWD campaign first launched in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March, when more than a million men and women marched demanding the rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. Today, it's a global event and is even celebrated as a holiday in countries as diverse as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
Autocar's event, which is now in its sixth year, will recognise prominent female rising stars at an awards event on 15 June. To enter, click here.
Run in partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Autocar’s Great Women: Rising Stars initiative honours the achievements of future leaders across the breadth of the automotive sector.
Autocar recognises the industry’s up-and-coming stars from a total of 12 categories (listed in full below), with one overall winner taking home the top award.
New for 2021, the Design category encourages entries from the design side of the industry, whether that’s for a major manufacturer or a small supplier. The aim is to celebrate the industry’s creativity, championing women who have used ingenious design to either create beautiful products or solve engineering problems.
Another category, for apprentices, celebrates women who are just starting their career in the industry.
Haymarket Automotive managing director Rachael Prasher will lead the judging panel for Autocar’s Great Women. She will be joined by a mix of industry experts, including Jim Holder, Mark Tisshaw and Piers Ward from Autocar’s editorial team, as well as the SMMT’s chief executive, Mike Hawes, and head of communications, Karen Parry.
Prasher said: “We are all so proud to be entering the sixth year of our Great Women initiative, and the third which focuses on the industry’s innumerable rising stars.
“Every year the judging becomes more challenging as increasing numbers of women are nominated by their leaders, peers and colleagues. It's always incredible to see the range of female talent across a huge number of different roles within the automotive sector. The opportunity, through this initiative, to shine a spotlight on those individuals is something the whole judging panel looks forward to every year.”
Hawes said. “We're proud to be working alongside Autocar once again to recognise some of the women who have recently chosen to work within the automotive sector and are making a substantial difference. This initiative promotes the opportunities available within UK automotive across many disciplines, opportunities that we need filled by the very best from all backgrounds and genders. This is essential if the automotive business is to shape the important future of mobility for everyone.”