Women in IT - The Strength and Knowledge to Lead Murna Dalton CGI March 8, 2002 The Information Technology Industry Users Middleware & Integration Software Applications Computer Processing Telecommunications Industry Evolution Progress of Women’s Rights in Canada Setting the Stage for the Next Century: The Federal Plan for Gender Equality - Status of Women Canada • • • • • • • • • 1918 - Women are given full federal right to vote 1921 - First woman elected to the House of Commons 1928 - Supreme Court rules that women are not “persons” and cannot be appointed to the Senate of Canada 1929 - British Privy Council overrules Supreme Court 1930 - First Woman Senator 1952 - First province - Ontario first to enact equal pay legislation 1977 - Canadian Human Rights Act forbids discrimination on the basis of gender and ensures equal pay for work of equal value 1982 - Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Sec. 28 enacted - Charter Rights apply equally to men and women 1995 - Gender-based analysis of legislation and policies is adopted by the federal government % Women in BC Gov’t IT Sector by Job Level 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% % of Men 50% % of Women 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 The Glass Ceiling? Why a career in technology? • Interesting and pays well • Innovative and leading edge people and lifestyles • Few jobs won’t require use of technology What should you be doing now? • • • • Stay in maths, sciences, technical courses Find a mentor, tutor if you need to Be a mentor, tutor if someone needs you Start thinking about your future career and find out what it will take • Start building your resume now Questions?