Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first event held in 1911.
Copperleaf is celebrating IWD with the rest of the world, and taking a moment to recognize what it’s all about: unity, reflection, advocacy and action!
The good news is that across the world women are making positive gains every day. But there is still a long way to go. The high-tech world, for example, is still under-represented from the perspective of women’s participation, and we believe that by helping to create more opportunities for women, we can strengthen the industry overall.
Judi Hess, Copperleaf CEO, has been a trailblazer for women in leadership in high-tech for many years, as well as an advocate for young women pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professions. On a past IWD, Judi was interviewed for a Province of B.C. news release, where she said:
In this video, Judi reflects on the great progress we have made in Canada to date, and where there are still challenges to overcome. She emphasizes that we can all make a difference. Some great opportunities include:
- Encouraging women to find their voice and speak up. It’s working!
- Empowering women and girls; providing safe spaces to work and play in for everyone
- Using education as a platform for equality
- Encouraging women to step up into leadership roles
In the end, empowering women will benefit all society. As Warren Buffet once said, “we’ve seen what can be accomplished when we use 50% of our human capacity…visualize what 100% can do.”
We look forward to more progress in the future—in Canada, in high tech, and beyond!
Check out Judi’s blog series titled “Asset Management Is For Women Too” where she features some of the fantastic women we work with, and the interesting work they’re doing in the field of asset management. The goal of this series is to shed some light on these “Hidden Figures” and highlight this as a potential career path for other women. If you know of other amazing women in this field, please let us know!
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