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March 8th is International Women's Day International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million women and men. IWD is a global day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to support activities that aim to eliminate the gender gap and elevate the  gender parity.  


WeCan is also doing our part by supporting and presenting the joys of the STEM field to local middle school girls. On March 5th, Dynasty Machado & Jennifer Bell presented at the 25th Annual AAUW STEM conference at the University of Redlands, where over 600 students from the Redlands and Yucaipa middle schools and Redlands’ charter schools participated. Dynasty and Jennifer held workshops discussing how they use GIS in their roles at Esri and how they became attracted to the STEM field. It was a great conference to participate in because the speakers had the opportunity to share their personal life and career experience that influenced many of the young girls perception of the STEM industry.  


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. 


Please check out the Global Women Health Indicator Storymap in honor of IWD!   


Visit International Womens Day to learn more about the special day and how you can do your part.