The International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 7, 2022 | Carrie

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February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science , celebrated worldwide since 2015. The day recognizes the vital role that women and girls play in science and technology. It highlights the importance of achieving full and equal access to, and participation, in science. Internationally, women continue to be under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) despite the tremendous progress that has been made in recent years. 

According to the 2020 Canadian HR Benchmark report, women make up only 30% of tech positions. In emerging fields such as artificial intelligence, women make up only 22% of professionals globally.

A report by PwC, Women in Innovation, notes that only 13% of executive positions in Canadian tech companies are women and only 5 % of Canadian tech companies have a solo female CEO. 

Clearly, there is still work to be done!

If you're interested in learning more, please see the related resources below.

Books

Women of Colour in Tech

Women of Color in Tech

Female Innovators at Work

Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech

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Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking up Tech

The future of tech is female

The Future of Tech is Female: How to Achieve Gender Diversity

Women in Tech Take Your Career to the Next Level

Women in Tech: Take your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories

 

LinkedIn Learning

These are online tutorials that you can take at your own pace. Create an account to track your progress. The course descriptions are taken from LinkedIn Learning.

Learning Path: Women Transforming Tech: Navigating Your Career

"Whether you're entering tech as a new grad or pivoting from another industry, Women Transforming Tech provides practical advice for how to navigate your career as a woman in tech." This learning path consists of six courses.

Learning Path: Starting Your Career in Tech: Software Development

"Looking to begin your career in software development? In this learning path, gather foundational knowledge—from tips for your tech resume to strategies for rocking your LinkedIn profile—to start your professional journey in software development." This learning path consists of six courses.

Learning Path: Starting Your Career in Tech: Data Science

"Looking to advance your career in data science? In this learning path, gather foundational knowledge—from nontechnical skills to career path strategies—to continue your professional journey in data science." This learning path consists of nine courses.

 

More online learning 

Let's Learn Tech Online

These introductory online courses from Cisco Networking Academy are free, interactive, and self-paced. These courses will introduce you to important technology concepts and help you develop the skills necessary to participate in the modern workforce.

If you are interested in taking these courses with other learners and our staff facilitators, check out the Let’s Learn Tech learning circles.

O'Reilly Learning (Formerly Safari Tech & Business Books Online) 

O'Reilly Learning offers the latest books and videos from major technology and business publishers. Covers many technology-related topics including web and software development, graphic design and more!

Gale Courses

Instructor-led online courses on a variety of topics, including many technology related topics. 

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