OUR FUTURE IS ONE WHERE WOMEN AND GIRLS, IN ALL THEIR DIVERSITY, HAVE EQUAL POWER IN DECISION-MAKING SPACES
the stats & facts
INVESTING IN WOMEN’S EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT POSITIVELY IMPACTS COMMUNITIES
This has been proven at a local, national, and global level — yet no country in the world has successfully closed the gender gap. Current estimates from the World Economic Forum suggest that it will take another 169 years to close the global gender gap. Minerva is doing everything we can to accelerate the pace of change.
in BC, women earn 17% less than men
FOR COMPARABLE WORK — ONE OF THE HIGHEST GENDER PAY GAPS IN CANADA
Minerva BC and Mustel Group 2023 (Unobstructed Journeys Report)
women make up 47% of the BC workforce
BUT OCCUPY ONLY 20% OF FULL-TIME, HIGH-PAYING POSITIONS IN TECH, AND LESS THAN 5% IN THE SKILLED TRADES
WorkBC 2017, and HR Tech Group, 2018
women hold only 5% of CEO roles
IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND HOLD ONLY 15% IN ALL OF CANADA
McKinsey, 2017 and the WEB Alliance, 2015
breaking barriers. developingleaders.
Since 1999, Minerva BC has worked to advance economic and leadership opportunities for self-identifying women and girls. Over the past 20 years, we’ve raised more than $10M to support leadership and career development programs and more than $2M to support women’s education.
“ I thought my leadership skills were somewhat lacking because I don’t look or feel like a conventional leader. I thought I would emerge from this course looking or acting like something different from who I am. At Minerva I learned that my leadership qualities come from my natural strengths and core values. I learned that I can show up as my authentic self. ”
“ Minerva showed me that it is possible to be an empathetic, reflective leader while still being strong, determined, and focused. I don’t have to choose between the two. ”
“ Learning to Lead taught me how to become the best, most confident version of myself. ”
what we do
Who We Help
We specialize in delivering high-impact programs that equip women and girls with the knowledge and tools they need to step into their full leadership potential. We also support the business and wider community in implementing attitudes and systems that champion women’s achievement and propel them into leadership positions.
How We Help
Our evidence-based programs remove personal barriers by growing confidence and developing leadership capacity. Our events, research, and thought leadership focus on identifying visible and invisible workplace barriers and sharing progressive practices. Our education awards and tuition support remove financial barriers for women who aspire to create better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.
TOGETHER, LET’S RE-DEFINE LEADERSHIP
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