Barriers to Gender Equity: A New Look at Women's Employment Policies and Programs
McCann Centre, Education Library, St. John's Campus.
12:00-1:30pm, Thursday, March 27, 2017.
The participation of women in STEM occupations (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) remains low, despite several decades of attention from policy makers, industry, and educational institutions. In Canada, between 1991 and 2011, women accounted for 75% of the growth in the number of workers in university-level non-scientific occupations, but only 27% in scientific occupations.
This session will highlight some of the reasons why this lack of participation has persisted. We will also discuss the efficacy of current policies and regulations with the goal of identifying new research directions to improve participation outcomes.
Dana Feltham is a MBA candidate at Memorial University with 15 years of experience in the research and analysis of socio-economic issues in natural resource industries. As a Socio-Economic Analyst with Stantec, Ms. Feltham was directly involved in the development and implementation of the Hebron Benefits Plan, White Rose Diversity Plan, and the assessment of major natural resource projects across Canada.
Ms. Feltham has also worked as a Policy Analyst with NOIA and was responsible for the management of the Petroleum Industry Human Resources Committee and internal policy committees related to human resources and industrial benefits.