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Empowering Women in STEM: Celebrating Achievements and Addressing Challenges

Canadian women have significantly contributed to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. From pioneering research in the medical field to designing award-winning buildings or, in the case of Dr. Roberta Bondar, being the first Canadian woman in space, Canadian women have played a critical role in shaping these industries. Despite facing numerous challenges and barriers, Canadian women have continued to make significant strides in STEM, paving the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps.

Canadian women have significantly contributed to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. From pioneering research in the medical field to designing award-winning buildings or, in the case of Dr. Roberta Bondar, being the first Canadian woman in space, Canadian women have played a critical role in shaping these industries. Despite facing numerous challenges and barriers, Canadian women have continued to make significant strides in STEM, paving the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 to recognize the achievements of women and the progress made toward gender equality. It is a day to celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments and to raise awareness of the ongoing fight for gender parity. The day serves as a reminder of the continued need for action to ensure that women are treated equally and have the same opportunities as men in all areas of life.

The Provincial Government of BC, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology reports that only 5.5% of women in BC have post-secondary education in STEM fields, compared to 13.9% of men. Moreover, just 10% of women with post-secondary education in BC hold STEM-related degrees or certifications, while the figure is 25% for men.

The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre is offering several programs introducing STEM fields to children, such as Bricks 4 Kidz: STEAM Sundays with LEGO for ages 5 to 9, Programming and Math for Kids for ages 9 to 12, Science For Kids ages 6 to 11, and a fun summer camp for ages 6 to 11 called CSI Lab Camp. Check out our Spring/ Summer program Guide for additional STEM programming for children. We encourage girls to explore these fields with fun programming and hope our small contribution can help create the next generation of scientists, engineers, and computer programmers.

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