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Today, only 33% of Swedish engineering graduates are women. This is described as a challenge for society due, as the huge potential of female engineers is missed out on.

A McKinsey Global Institute report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. The public, private, and social sectors will need to act to close gender gaps in work and society.
UN takes the same approach by dedicating one of its Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals to the matter, SDG#5.

Throughout the last decade, a wide range of initiatives has started with the aim to balance the distribution between men and women within engineering. However, the amount of women in technical university programs has only slightly increased, from 30% in 2008 to 33% in 2018.

For this reason, we took the results from this year’s IGEday and wrote a report!

Our report strives to provide 5 key insights on what really makes initiatives such as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day more effective. Data is gathered through a post-IGEday survey done by Womengineer.

Our conclusions and recommendations are:

  1. Girls love technology – Never assume the opposite
  2. A little less conversation, a little more action! – Talk with them, not about them
  3. Math is perceived as too difficult – Let’s challenge the self-fulfilling prophecy together
  4. A personal connection is key – Say Hi to Generation Z
  5. Get your CEO to sign SDG#5 – Gender diversity needs to be addressed at the C-suite level

The full report will be presented by us, BillerudKorsnäs and Chalmers in Almedalen this summer.

June 17, 2019