Today, Gray & Fick celebrates International Women’s Day by crossing our arms and taking action to #BreakTheBias
We all know that bias exists.
It’s one thing to recognize it, it’s another to take action and help break the bias. According to Engineering Canada, women made up 22 percent of engineering undergraduates and only 13 percent of licensed engineers in the country in 2020. These statistics are similar when you take a look at the STEM industry (23% in 2019) and the construction industry (13% total, 4.7% tradespeople in 2019) as a whole. A large contributor to this are the stereotypes and bias that exist in society.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is about celebrating the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women across the globe. It is also about focusing on unity and taking action to create equal opportunities in a world filled with bias. Today is a reminder and an inspiration to challenge ourselves to see where those biases exist in the workplace and in the industry.
Individually we are responsible for our thoughts and actions. Together, let’s forge a more inclusive world. To commemorate IWD, the G&F team is taking time to reflect on what biases exist in the engineering and construction industry, discuss how to maintain a gender-equal mindset, and develop strategies for calling out gendered actions or assumptions.
What can you do to participate in International Women's Day?
Join us and strike the IWD #BreakTheBias pose with your arms crossed to show your commitment to calling out bias, smashing stereotypes, breaking inequality, and rejecting discrimination.