Despite significant efforts to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of women in STEM disciplines, the high attrition rate of female engineers in industry is a looming threat to the future of the U.S. economy. Negative workplace experiences have been found to be the most significant reason for women to leave engineering careers.
Our goal is to strive for a world in which women in technical fields are proportionately represented and equitably compensated throughout the professional ranks in the industry, academia, and the public sector.
The Vera Project is an equality and diversity project initiated by CIP in 2017 and launched at CIP FORUM in 2018. The project is named after the first female engineer in Sweden, Vera Sandberg, who graduated in 1917 from our partner university, Chalmers.
With The Vera Project as a platform, CIP will in all activities work to increase gender diversity in the technology and IP fields. To make a lasting impact, we are looking for input and support from our network.
After all, studies show a clear link between gender equality and improved business performance.