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International Women’s Day an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women throughout the world. This year, the International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual. This theme is drawn from the notion of ‘Collective Individualism’—we are all parts of a whole. Our actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.

Intelliware is a proud supporter of International Women’s Day and is excited to announce our sponsorship of DevTO’s 6th Annual International Women’s Day Talks (#IWDTO). This is the fourth year in a row that Intelliware has sponsored a celebration of the achievements of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

This year’s DevTO Women’s Day Talks event will take place on Monday, March 2nd, at RBC WaterPark Place from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. As a sponsor, Intelliware will have a booth at the event. We encourage you to stop by and say hello to our team and join us in supporting women in the tech industry!

Why supporting women in STEM is so important

According to the report Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Quick Take , among young Canadians (aged 25 to 34) holding bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields, men were almost twice as likely to work in science and technology jobs as women in 2016. The Quick Take report also identified that women made up under a quarter (22.3%) of computer and information systems professionals, and only one in seven (13%) of civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineers in Canada.  Unfortunately, there are no signs of these trends improving.

To close the gender gap in STEM jobs, we need to start with education, especially in mathematics, engineering and computer science. Increasing the number of women working in STEM fields will not only create more career opportunities for women but will also benefit the workforce and the population at large. Ultimately, the tech community needs diversity in its workers so that it can deliver the high-quality technology needed for our diverse world.