Despite the fact that women today are employed in greater numbers and in a wider range of roles and occupations than ever before, girls still tend to think of particular careers as ‘male’ or ‘female’.
This conscious - and unconscious - classification system starts at an early age and leads to young women often ruling themselves out of careers that they might otherwise pursue successfully. It also means that industries and employers do not benefit from all the talent that is potentially available to them.
Helping girls understand the breadth of careers and opportunities that may be open to them, and what they are actually like, is key to tackling stereotypes, suspicions and misperceptions.
One of the best ways to accomplish this is to ensure that high school girls have the opportunity to meet professional women who do a broad range of jobs, work for a variety of employers, and are from an array of different sectors.
Inspiring Women Nova Scotia (IWNS) aims to increase the number of interactions between girls and women from all walks of life. Such interactions, through speed career networking sessions and classroom career talks, can help tackle gendered perceptions of careers and help young women develop self-confidence, as well as useful contacts and networks.
Inspiring Women Nova Scotia was formed in 2015 by a group of women from many different backgrounds who are united in their passion to inspire the high school girls of Nova Scotia to be whatever they want to be. IWNS is seeking Volunteers, both to speak in schools once a year, and also to assist in the organization of IWNS.
IWNS is modelled loosely on the UK organization, Inspiring The Future and we thank them for their support in our launch. IWNS would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Spark Engagement, Saint Mary's University, Kitchen Design Plus, MacLeod Lorway Insurance Group and NitroTek Web Solutions.