UNENE Members celebrate International Women’s Day

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Across Canada, UNENE members are celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias and the universities stepped up to share their experiences, challenges, accomplishments and plans for the future.

McMaster University

Women at McMaster University celebrate this year’s IWD theme of #BreakTheBias by sharing their experiences challenging the status quo, the people who inspire them to persevere, and what their visions of the future look like.

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McMaster also marks International Women’s Day by recognizing the extraordinary faculty members, students and graduates who were bestowed with YWCA of Hamilton Women of Distinction awards.

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Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech is celebrating International Women’s Day with a week full of events and programs to support and celebrate the women in the community. With topics ranging from Women in the Workplace: Breaking the Bias to What would I tell my 25-year-old self, all events can be registered for online here.

Some of the women of Ontario Tech have also contributed words of wisdom from their unique journeys in STEM. UNENE board member Jacquie Hoornweg is among those to share her perspective.

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Polytechnique Montréal

Polytechnique Montréal is observing this International Women’s Day with a series of posts celebrating some of the women who contribute to the school and the field, particularly members of the student’s association and even the school’s first female graduate.

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Queen’s University

Queen’s is taking International Women’s Day to look at some of the key accomplishments, events and women making a difference at the University and beyond. The women featured include Heidi Pleog, Queen’s Chair for Women in Engineering, who discusses strategies to engage and retain female students and researchers in traditionally male-dominated fields.

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University of Guelph

The University of Guelph turns its eyes to gender equity in sport this International Women’s Day. A professor and former athlete shares her experiences and her insights on the fight for an even playing field.

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University of New Brunswick

This International Women’s Day, UNB features 10 of the alumnae making waves and driving change in their community. Among the impressive women listed is Jennifer Lennox, Chief Nuclear Engineer at New Brunswick Power and the first female in the role at any operating utility in Canada.

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University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan marks International Women’s Day with a National Post story featuring the University’s own Kathryn McWilliams, a professor of physics and engineering physics, and her accomplishments in the field of space science.

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University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is marking International Women’s Day with a variety of events across all three campuses. Included in the celebrations are lectures, workshops, a startup pitch competition, and even a trivia night.

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U of T Research is taking advantage of the occasion to share on Twitter a collections of posters of faculty and alumni women in STEM and highlight their remarkable achievements.

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University of Waterloo

At the University of Waterloo, International Women’s Day is celebrated with a virtual event with a keynote and panel discussion. Emily Mills, the event’s keynote speaker and founder of How She Hustles shares her perspectives and vision for the future. The University’s President and Vice Chancellor, Vivek Goel, also shared some reflections on International Women’s Day. Professor Anna Drake answered questions about women’s role in democracy in 2022.

Click here to read the article on Emily Mills, click here to read Vivek Goel’s message, and click here for the Q&A with Anna Drake.

University of Windsor

For this year’s International Women’s Day, the University of Windsor is hosting a competition looking for answers about women’s historic accomplishments. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 8 and a winner will be drawn at random.

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Western University

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, some Western’s women leaders and professionals share reflections on what women’s equity and women’s rights mean for them and their work. From space and science to social work and Indigenous knowledge, these women are carving a path and paving the way for women to break down barriers and #BreakTheBias.

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