March 8th, 2012 marks International Women’s Day; a day to honour and celebrate the achievements of women and girls globally. This day has been observed since the early 1900′s, a time of radical expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world. A lot has changed in the past 100 years, and we’ve witnessed significant changes in society’s thoughts about women’s equality. However, the fact remains that women are still underrepresented across many industries – TECH being one of them.
So on this day – a day of celebrating women’s achievements – Girls in Tech Toronto would like to share its new vision for 2012 and beyond. Our mission is to honour the achievements of women everyday by becoming advocates for awesome women in and around tech. This means uncovering the hidden talent that is buried within Toronto’s tech industry, of women making a change and achieving incredible things. These women deserve the spotlight, and their accomplishments deserved to be known and supported.
Why are we embarking on this mission? Apart from the obvious, here are some tangible goals we are working towards and would love your help in achieving:
- Shining a light. Providing a platform for women to showcase their talents, their work, and their passion. As a minority group in the tech industry, women sometimes take a back seat and not promote the incredible work they have done. We want to change that and give them a reason to step into the spotlight.
- Providing a showcase for young girls. Researchers say that garnering young girls’ interest in STEM careers starts from a very young age. We want to profile awesome women in tech so these young girls can learn the truth about the tech industry, and see all of what it has to offer. Let’s get them excited so that one day they will choose to enter into the tech field for themselves.
- Profiling interesting careers. It can be easy to get pigeonholed when it comes to jobs in the tech industry, but tech skills can transfer across many verticals, organizations, and teams. By surfacing the type of work women in tech are doing, it will help others better understand how they manage their own careers.
- Increasing the visibility of women in tech. The lack of women speakers at tech conferences and events is often blamed on the ‘lack of selection available.’ It’s time we build up the profiles of pioneering women in and near tech, and bring new faces and stories to the stage. Because there are more than enough amazing women out there doing amazing things to fill every panel.
So here is what we’re asking from you.
Tell us your story, and all the amazing things you are doing.
We want to profile you on our website, and across our other media channels.
We want you to share your story at one of our events.
We want you to support other awesome women as well.
Promote them, retweet them, and advocate for them through something as simple as a Virtual Kudos or a Twitter Wave of Love.