International Women's Day is a world-wide celebration, a day of recognition, and above all a chance to raise awareness of all the achievements of women throughout history. It also serves as a day to highlight the work that is still needed for a more equitable society. ChooseToChallenge focuses on the autonomy and responsibility we all have for our thoughts, actions, and biases. It provides the opportunity for us to reflect on ourselves and others, and to make a pledge to create a more inclusive world.
To learn more about how you can support women in engineering, please contact Terra Ahrens, Director of Development, Engineering, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 661-2111 x83743. If you'd like to contribute towards scholarships, programming and mentoring available for female students in engineering, click here.
COO and Co-Founder, Bridgit - BESc'13 Civil
I #choosetochallenge the tech industry’s hiring norms in order to build a diverse company where both women and men can thrive.
Green Process Engineering Student
I will speak up and educate others when I see gender bias.
Dean, Western Engineering
I commit to working toward a more equitable Faculty of Engineering at Western – increasing diversity in our faculty and in our student body.
PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering
I'll question any gender-biased work environment.
Civil Engineering & Ivey HBA Student
I’ll support young women in their interest in and pursuit of STEM.
Ana Luisa Trejos
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering - PhD'12 Electrical and Computer
I will advocate for all minority groups by speaking out against any act of harassment or discrimination, while considering my own implicit biases.
Mia Van Oirschot
Chemical Engineering Student
I will challenge gender bias and inequity by calling out gender stereotypes.
Development Manager, Shopify - BESc'15 Software
I will find and create opportunities to give more women a seat at the table.
Professor and Associate Dean (Research), Western Engineering - PhD, P.Eng
I’ll strive for equal empowerment to achieve great things together.
Community Builder - BESc'91 Civil
I'll ensure that my non-profit organization has equal representation of talented female and male directors on its board.
System Designer, Grantek Systems Integration - MESc'18 Interdisciplinary, BESc'16 Mechatronic Systems
I will mentor a woman, providing advice and support for entering the workforce.
Junior Analyst, Northland Power - BESc'20 Mechanical
I will mentor and encourage young women who are looking to go into STEM related fields.
Software Engineering Student
I will call it out when I see gender bias in the classroom.
Mechatronic Systems Engineering Student
I’ll work to make sure organizations I am involved with are well-balanced and representative.
MD Candiate, University of Toronto - BESc'18 Chemical
I'll mentor a woman and help her realize her potential.
Head of User experience for Crime Prevention Platform, TietoEVRY - BESc'16 Software Engineering and Ivey HBA
I'll encourage friends and family to tune into more women's sports, especially during the 2021 Summer Olympics.
Civil Engineering and Ivey HBA Student
I choose to start conversations about women’s issues with my peers and advance the dialogue.
Chemical Engineering and Ivey HBA Student
I'll call out bias, both my own and my peers, in engineering communities.
Process Improvement Designer, IFAB Engineering - BESc'18 Chemical
I'll mentor a woman and help her build her networks.
Logistics Intern, Schaeffler - BESc'19 Chemical
I’ll mentor young females who wish to enter the STEM field.
Software Engineering Student
I will fight for gender diversity and equality in my workplace throughout my career.
Andrew Cohoon Gallego
Civil Engineering Student
I’ll call out and challenge gender stereotypes or bias when I hear it.
Software Engineer, Apple - BESc'19 Software
I will contribute time and money to support local businesses owned by women of colour.
PLC Programmer, BOS Innovations - BESc'20 Mechatronic Systems
I'll mentor a woman and help build confidence to speak out against gender inequality in the workplace.
Mechatronics Systems Engineering student
I will encourage and mentor young women and girls to pursue their careers in male-dominated fields such as engineering.
Project Engineer, AGI Improtech - BESc'17 Chemical
I will challenge gender stereotypes and foster conversations that encourage others to call out bias.