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Empowering Women: 90 Years of Energy Industry Innovation

HART Energy’s Influential Women in Energy Reception: EWTC President Molly Determan; Kelly Munson, DNOW; Megan Oberly, Helmerich & Payne; Victoria Beard, Piper Sandler; Elizabeth Stephens, HMH; Yvonne Fletcher, Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure; Cindy Durrett, Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure; Bonnie Houston, NOV; Lynn Buckley, Baker Hughes; Lamonica Spivey,TechnipFMC

Over the past 90 years, women have played a pivotal role in shaping and advancing the energy industry, contributing to its growth and innovation. This monthly 90th Anniversary edition of “In Our Element” highlights the profound impact of women in the energy sector, emphasizing how their diverse contributions have been a source of strength and innovation.

During World War II, a transformative period for industries worldwide, women stepped into crucial roles within the oilfield services sector, filling positions left vacant by men serving on the frontlines. This unexpected entry into the industry marked the beginning of a trend that would see women increasingly making significant contributions across various facets of energy work.

In 1933, the American Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association laid the foundation for fair labor practices by advocating for workers’ rights and transcending racial and gender boundaries. This commitment to equality was a landmark step in ensuring a more inclusive and just work environment within the energy sector.

The recognition of diversity as a driving force behind innovation and enhanced performance has been embraced by Energy Workforce’s member companies. Initiatives such as the 2018 and 2021 Inclusion and Diversity Study have provided valuable insights, leading to improved recruitment practices and increased professional development opportunities. These efforts have collectively contributed to the creation of a more inclusive corporate culture within the energy industry.

As the sector continues to evolve, the celebration of diverse perspectives remains crucial for sustained growth and resilience in an ever-changing world. Energy Workforce’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion is evident through ongoing efforts to ensure the industry remains a pioneer in fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce. By recognizing and valuing the contributions of women over the past nine decades, the energy industry stands at the forefront of progress and innovation, ready to face future challenges with a diverse and empowered workforce.

Deidre Almstead Kohlrus, Senior Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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