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ASCE Promotes Women's History Month

March 30, 2018

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) published their March magazine with a special insert, highlighting Women’s History Month. The insert featured articles and stories from prominent women in civil engineering, giving perspective and insight on their experiences in the industry. Cindy Brower, PE, from the Spokane office, made the cover of the insert which featured women from all over the US. The magazine also emphasized ASCE’s recently adopted Code of Ethics Canon No. 8, regarding behavior towards other people.

In August of 2017, ASCE adopted an 8th canon, or ethical guideline, stating: “Engineers shall, in all matters related to their profession, treat all persons fairly and encourage equitable participation without regard to gender or gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, or family, marital, or economic status.” Rebecca Matlack, a civil engineer in the Spokane office, knows how important this addition to the ASCE Code of Ethics is. When asked her view on the topic, she stated, “The previous 7 canons have been edited and revised for 100 years with fundamentals revolving around public safety, fair business practices, and (most recently) promoting sustainable design. Nowhere in these canons was there explicit direction to treat fellow civil engineers and co-workers with respect and dignity beyond the methods of competing for work. Canon No. 8 continues the tradition of civil engineers leading by example to uphold the integrity of the engineering profession by honoring and elevating everyone in our community and condemning hateful and hurtful practices.”

For more information about the ASCE’s newest Canon, read their news article here.

To learn more about Women’s History Month, visit the National Women’s History Project website here.

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