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Women in IT Background




Breaking misconceptions & attracting women to tech careers,
Special event held May 15, 2003

Statistics are showing that the gap between the number of men and women in technology careers is increasing. Currently, only 15% to 20% of IT graduates at Canadian universities are women. CIPS believes that this is an issue to be addressed. A special event directed at teenage girls has now become an annual tradition at CIPS sections across the country. The event aims to rid of girls' misconceptions about information technology (IT) careers.

This year's event in Toronto entitled, "CIPS Women in IT: Looking Towards the Future" took place at Humber College on May 15. The event provided to the more than three hundred grade nine girls in attendance the opportunity to hear first-hand about the benefits of IT careers.

As Pat Gaudet, I.S.P., Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) Toronto President and Spokesperson remarked, "Through our Women in IT event, we want to get girls to start thinking about IT careers at an early age and to help girls to gain a better understanding of the vast opportuni