Today is 50/50 day! A fantastic campaign out of the US is launching today creating an amazing call to action around gender balance. We’re thrilled to see this taking place, and of course, love the lessons and shared learning about how we can all get behind this campaign.
It’s an extremely timely discussion, but Canada’s been leading this conversation for a while. With our Prime Minister’s appointment in 2015 of a gender-balanced cabinet, we’ve seen this issue get important airtime, but we know that other institutions have been working toward this for some time.
We’ve been working with the incredible team at the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, who launched Canada’s first 50:50 challenge for an engineering school. Over the past few months, we’ve been learning about the world of STEM, and getting to understand the experience of women in this industry. For more than 30 years, many in the scientific and tech communities have asked about the lack of women’s involvement. Despite some initial breakthroughs with dedicated programming and resources through the 80s and 90s, progress towards better gender balance has slowed. To overcome this, Lassonde set this ambitious goal to see their faculty, student body and their approach to engineering education transform. We’ve been hanging out at Lassonde to better understand these efforts, and to help them to develop a new strategy to achieving this ambition.
Can we find a way forward so that women and other underrepresented groups find their ways to opportunities in STEM, to stay within the sector and succeeded at creating new innovations for us all? Follow along as we explore these questions as part of our work to support the Lassonde 50:50 Challenge: Canada’s first engineering gender parity challenge. Congrats to the team at Let It Ripple for putting this issue on the map!
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