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May 2014

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Article: How “Computer Geeks” replaced “Computer Girls”

Historian Nathan Ensmenger explains how computer programming, a field that used to be a popular career choice for women in the 1960s, transformed into the male-dominated entity it is today. Asked to picture a computer programmer, most of us describe the archetypal computer geek, a brilliant but socially-awkward male … It may be surprising, then, […]

Article: Are Women Engineers Really in Demand?

Researchers found that hiring managers are less likely to employ women in STEM fields. “Studies that seek to answer why there are more men than women in STEM fields typically focus on women’s interests and choices,” says Ernesto Reuben, an assistant professor of management at Columbia, in a news release. “This may be important, but […]

June 3: Deciphering Canadian Culture

New to Canada? Want to know what, when, and how to demonstrate professionalism at work? Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) and Immigrant Women in Science (IWIS) are hosting a networking session and Q&A with Canadian culture coach, Lorraine Graves. This event will take place Tuesday June 3 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm […]

Article: Google Reveals Workforce Diversity

For the first time, Google has released a report disclosing the gender and racial makeup of its employees. The lack of diversity is disappointing and “not where we want to be,” according to Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operation. As of January, 70% of Google employees were men and 30% were women. The report […]

May 31 & June 14: Grade 7 GIRLsmarts Workshops

The GIRLsmarts program, now in its 11th year, has launched Grade 7 GIRLsmarts workshops which will take place on May 31 and June 14 (9:00am – 3:30pm). GIRLsmarts is a excellent opportunity for elementary school aged girls to explore and learn about computer science. The workshops feature hands-on activities, cool demos, and even some extras […]

Article: Robots Could Have Feelings Too

WWEST’s own Elizabeth Croft discusses the nuances of creating more human-like robots in an interview with Vancouver Magazine. Check out the article here!

July 19: Be Like Ada Coding Bootcamp

Be Like Ada will be holding a bootcamp for 500 high-school girls to learn to code. The event is geared for girls aged 14-17 and will be held at the Rocky Mountaineer station on July 19 from 9am to 5pm. Be Like Ada aims to achieve 50% female software engineering undergrads & 2x the number of […]

June 19: Burnaby Energy-from-Waste Facility Tour

Ever wondered about the incineration portion of the the Metro Vancouver waste management plan? Should we be increasing our incinerated capacity? Learn more at a free tour of the Burnaby Energy-from-Waste Facility organized by the British Columbia Women in Energy Network (BCWEN). For more information and to RVSP, click here. To attend the event, you […]

June 24: BC WEN member workshop

A BC WEN member workshop coming up, again facilitated by Shelley Russell of the Humphrey Group. It will take place on: Tuesday June 24th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Fasken Martineau 2900 – 550 Burrard St, Vancouver. This workshop will focus on Developing Sponsor Relationships for advancing your career! For more information and to RVSP, click […]

Job opening at SCWIST

The Society for Canadian Women in Science in Technology (SCWIST) is hiring a Society Administrator to oversee the daily functions of the Society and provide administrative support to the board of directors. This is a part-time contract position consisting of 20 hours per week and is renewable bi-annually. The position is for June 1st, 2014 […]

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