In Sweden, there are today around 300.000 girls and and non-binary people between 13-19 years of age. The Womengineer Foundation’s vision is for all of these individuals to have the self-confidence and knowledge to choose their own future.
It is a big problem in today’s society that women do not pursue engineering degrees when they are in college, despite the fact that at the age of ten the interest in STEM subjects among girls is equal to the interest among boys. At Womengineer, we believe this is due to a lack of knowledge of what these degrees include, outdated norms connected to the STEM subjects, and a general perception that it is simply too difficult. This has created a large deficit of female engineers. The goal of the Womengineer Foundation is to change this!
The lack of female engineers is not only an individual problem; it is a problem for all of society. In addition to the general lack of female engineers, schools, organizations, and companies are also missing out on highly skilled female engineers. Innovations thrive in an environment where there is a diversity of ideas and perspectives. When considering the bottom line, non-gender equal companies are less profitable and the wage gap between men and women persists.
The world will be a better place with more female engineers. Our goal is for an equal number of men and women, in Sweden, to graduate with an engineering degree by 2030.
We create a place for girls, non-binary people, and women to connect
The primary target group for Womengineer is girls and non-binary people at the age of 13-19 years old. In the secondary target group, we find women who are already pursuing an engineering degree or women who have completed their degrees and are now working as engineers.
We connect girls, non-binary people, and women through our yearly event Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day where participants get the chance to visit a company and try out the life of an engineer for a day, and through Womengineer (our website, social media, and our magazine, etc.). In 2021, we also introduced our first digital recruitment event for newly graduated female engineers called Womengineer Day.
We support the UN 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development
The global Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. Womengineer is primarily working to help reach goals #4, #5, and #10.
#4 – Quality Education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
#5 – Gender Equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
#10 – Reduce Inequality
Reduce inequality within and among countries.