The 2020 theme as well as updated content and visuals will be unveiled shortly. Stay tuned!

March 8 is International Women's Day — a day to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.


2019 theme

Celebrate women in STEM with our theme, #InnovateForChange!

About International Women’s Day

Read about why International Women's Day is observed in Canada and around the world.

Past themes

Explore Canada's past themes for International Women's Day.

Learning toolkit

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How to celebrate

Find ideas for celebrating International Women's Day.

International Women's Day video

Watch our video that asks the question: Why did you choose STEM?


Why did you choose STEM?

Text on screen: This International Women’s Day we wanted to know…

Text on screen: Why did you choose STEM?

Vera, Atmospheric Science

I decided to do my PHD in science because it allows me to be creative, analytical and communicate with researchers from all over the world.

Heidi, Medicine

I chose medicine because it is an absolute privilege to learn both the art and science of medicine and then be able to apply this knowledge to help patients through some of the most venerable times of their lives.

Paulyn, Electrical engineering

I chose engineering because I wanted a career that challenges me and provides exciting opportunities. I also just wanted to build stuff and actually see it work.

Text on screen: Are you a woman in STEM?

Text on screen: Tell us why!

Text on Screen: #InnovateForChange

Minister's message

Watch as Minister Monsef celebrates International Women’s Day and this year’s theme, #InnovateForChange!


[Text on screen: L’honorable Maryam Monsef

Ministre des Femmes et de l’Égalité des genres et ministre du Développement international]

[Text on screen: The Honourable Maryam Monsef

Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Minister of International Development]

International Women’s Day is a celebration of the significant progress we’ve made in advancing gender equality together so that all Canadians benefit from a more equal society.

In Canada and around the world, women and girls are shaping the future with their innovative ideas and ground-breaking discoveries.

Here in Canada, we’re implementing innovative approaches to advancing gender equality, because when women succeed, we all benefit.

Whether it’s gender budgeting legislation, proactive pay equity, investing in supports so that more women can pursue meaningful careers in STEM, business and the trades, our government is driven by the fact that when we invest in women, we grow the middle class and strengthen the economy for everyone.

That’s why this year, we are proudly celebrating all the women and women's organizations who are breaking barriers and doing things differently to help all of us Innovate for Change.

Our government is committed to doing politics differently so that we can get better results for women and girls, and achieve gender equality faster.

Join us in shining a light on the women and girls who are blazing a trail with the hashtag #InnovateForChange.

Collaboration is at the heart of innovation, so let’s work together to create more opportunities for women and girls.

Happy International Women’s Day!

[Text on screen: #InnovateForChange]

[Text on screen: #InnoverPourTransformer]

[Text on screen: Canada wordmark with a waving flag]

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