According to an Accenture report, nearly half of the women in technology roles in the United States drop out by the age of 35. The report goes on to say that in inclusive environments, women can thrive, and achieve key milestones like being promoted, advancing to management roles and remaining in tech throughout their careers. These statistics align with those from a recent Randstad Canada article, which says less than a quarter of people in STEM careers in Canada are women, although 34% of those with STEM degrees are women.
March was International Women’s History Month worldwide. Last week, the Fleet Complete (FC) Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Committee hosted a panel to share insights, and discuss the contributions of women in the company, and the evolving global telematics and technology industry trends.
Men and women from various departments participated in an engaging discussion about women in technology, science, engineering and mathematics (STEM). And more to the point, how women play an increasingly important role in our success.
Women in Technology in Canada and BeyondOur DEI Committee and the Women in Technology panel included professionals from diverse backgrounds, including Ireland, Colombia, Australia and Canada.
The DEI Panel – Marilou Gourdeau, Ana Caceres, Irene Cabading, Carmel O’Meara-Morrison and Claire Richards
According to a recent study of first-year University of Waterloo students, females represented:
- 23% attending technology programs
- 24% attending computing and finance programs
- 29% attending software engineering courses
Ana Caceres is a member of the DEI committee. She has worked at Fleet Complete as a Product Manager for two years, most recently focusing on our FC Vision video telematics solutions. Ana said, “STEM careers are not for everyone, but there are more opportunities than many women realize. They should identify their strengths and skills and explore how to apply them by working for companies like Fleet Complete. It’s important to have a continuous learning mindset and partner with a mentor.”
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The panel discussed the opportunities Canadian women have in STEM and the key role that men have, and will continue to play in mentoring, encouraging and sponsoring women in technology, engineering and science, and non-technical roles. Networking with other women in technology, as well as creating a tech community that offered encouragement and support were some of the recommendations coming from the group discussion.
Work-Life Balance in the Hybrid Workplace Era
Many of the challenges faced by women in tech as well as non-tech roles is work-life balance. While there is recognition that men have stepped up to support more on the home front, women generally are the primary caregiver for children and elder family members. The panel spoke about this challenge at length.
“Men often take the effort women put into managing the household and caring for their children for granted, even when both parents work full-time,” said Claire Richards, Senior Supply Chain Coordinator at Fleet Complete.
Of the many recommendations that emerged from this session, one that stood out for most was for both women and men to think about balancing the distribution of work at home and to make their partner a true life partner!
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