International Women's Day Women & Wealth Gala Presented by

The International Women’s Day Women & Wealth Gala is hosted by Women & Wealth Inc., a not-for-profit organization that holds events on International Women’s Day to empower, inspire and support women across Canada who are, or are on their way to becoming, confident and passionate leaders of our businesses, organizations, governments, schools, and communities. Together, we seek to help close the gender gap and promote gender equality within our society.

Our mission is to provide a platform for women across the country to share their journey of success and inspire and empower others with their story. Through our International Women’s Day Galas, we bring people together to celebrate the social, educational, economical, and political achievements of female leaders.

2019 marks the fourth annual International Women’s Day Women & Wealth Gala. The event has been held exclusively in Edmonton up until 2019 and has featured amazing speakers including Rachel Mielke of Hillberg & Berk, Kate Ross LeBlanc of Saje Natural Wellness, Kendall and Justine Barber of Poppy Barley, Julie Daniluk, Teresa Spinelli of the Italian Centre Shop, and more.

 


 

International Women’s Day

 

International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women past, present and future. In some countries including Bulgaria, Russia, Vietnam and China, it is a national holiday and is celebrated by both men and women. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and continues to be celebrated today.​​

 

Why It’s Important to Celebrate International Women’s Day

 

Women make up just over half of the Canadian population yet continue to be underrepresented in political and professional leadership positions. Empowering and supporting more women to become leaders will influence high-level decision-making that will ultimately pave the way toward gender equality.

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Women comprise just 19.5% of the board members for Canada’s top 500 companies. (Annual Report Card, 2015. Canadian Board Diversity Council. Page 4.)

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Just 8.5% of the highest-paid positions in Canada’s top 100 listed companies are held by women. (Women now hold 8.5% of Canada’s top jobs, 2015. CBC News)

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Women hold only 25% of vice-president positions, and 15% of CEO positions. (How much does gender inequality cost Canada? $150B, report finds, 2017. CBC News.)

Where Do Funds Go?

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All net proceeds of the event, including silent auction sales, will be donated to the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for women and girls. They fund programs across Canada, prioritizing the communities where the need is greatest. These programs address four urgent issues: prevention of gender-based violence, women’s economic development, girls’ empowerment, and inclusive leadership.

The Foundation works toward systemic change by bringing together community organizations across Canada to share knowledge and solutions. Their expertise has made them a revered hub comprised of national community grassroots leaders, issue experts, advocates, and donors that are raising awareness and keeping up the momentum toward gender equality. Since 1991, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has raised more than $80 million, funded programs in more than 1,500 communities, and supported women’s shelters across Canada.

To learn more, please visit www.canadianwomen.org.