Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day – an opportunity to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women around the world.
For women in business, there is much to celebrate. As the Globe and Mail recently reported in their series, Women in Power, women now make up 47% of Canada’s workforce and 36% of Canada’s 2.7 million self-employed. That’s a 26% increase since 1976!
Nevertheless, there is lots of room for improvement. Here are some interesting stats to consider from Canada and the US:
Each year, the UN selects a general theme for International Women’s Day. This year the focus is on equal access to education, training and science and technology — including the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.
At MaRS, this theme resonates!
Everyday we work with exciting science and tech-based start-ups that are solving the world’s wicked problems but spend a good deal of our time wondering, “Where are all the women entrepreneurs?” While our mandate is to support all emerging companies in Ontario, we recognize that supporting women’s advancement in these businesses is crucial to Canada’s ability to innovate and compete globally.
So, let’s talk!
This is an open call for ideas and feedback. What can we do better to support your business?
Are you working to support women in business? Tell us who you are and what you’re up to.
Interested in getting more involved?