2019 theme – #InnovateForChange

Innovation and technology can help empower women and girls. Yet a growing digital divide means that women are underrepresented in fields like science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Let’s reverse this trend and innovate for change!

This year's theme for International Women’s Day, #InnovateForChange, is a call to action, asking everyone to harness the power of technology to create a more equal world. By removing the barriers facing women in STEM, we can unleash new ideas and solutions that will transform our society and strengthen our economy.

In Canada, only a third of graduates in STEM are women, a difference that’s magnified in fields such as engineering and computer science. Meanwhile, Canada and other countries face major job shortages in many STEM fields. When women are held back from filling high-quality jobs like these, Canada’s economy is also held back.

Increasing the number of women in STEM is a simple, direct and effective way to fuel change that improves the lives of people across Canada. Let’s work together to create more opportunities for women and girls in STEM, where they can help shape our future into one of greater equality and prosperity for everyone.

Do you know a woman making a difference in STEM? This International Women’s Day, celebrate her achievements using the hashtag #InnovateForChange!


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The image is of a woman in a blue-green shirt standing in profile facing left. She is looking upward laughing and her face is illuminated by a soft light. Above her head the hashtag #InnovateForChange is written in bold blue-green letters. Above the hashtag in slim black font are the words: International Women’s Day 2019. The woman appears in black and white tones and boldly contrasts against a background of soft pastel colours (blue, yellow, pink, and purple). The woman and the background are covered by a series of navy blue dots connected by lines, representing a network, innovation and ideas.

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