Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada Foundation for Innovation

March 02, 2011 15:56 ET

We've Come a Long Way, Baby: New Video Highlights Canadian Women Excelling in Science

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) - Note to editors: A video is associated with this press release.

To mark the centenary of International Women's Day on March 8, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is releasing a video that offers a personal portrayal of the challenges and rewards of being a woman in science.

The video, which will be posted on InnovationCanada.ca, the CFI's online magazine, focuses on five accomplished Canadian researchers at various stages of their careers. With humour and candor, the women reflect on their formative experiences, their views on combining family and work, and their assessment of how far women have come in research in Canada. They also discuss what women bring to the scientific process and what needs to be done to attract more females into research careers.

New video looks at role of women in science (see link for a video teaser).

The CFI will also publish a story on the state of women in science in Canada, including a look at trends and attitudes of young girls with respect to science. Last year, the CFI commissioned IPSOS-Reid to conduct the first nationwide study of young Canadians' views on science. The survey suggests that the widespread belief that young women don't like science is no longer true. In fact, the Canadian Youth Science Monitor says females between 12 and 18 are significantly more likely than males to say that science is a good career choice for young people generally.

More information is available at the following address: http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=4804

On March 8, International Women's Day, visit www.innovationcanada.ca for the full video, as well as stories on accomplished women doing research in Canada.

About the CFI

Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the CFI strives to build our nation's capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians. Because of CFI investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions are attracting and retaining the world's top talent, training the next generation of researchers, supporting private-sector innovation and creating high-quality jobs that strengthen Canada's position in today's knowledge economy.

The video associated with this press release is available at the following address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vN5cxLIi1Y

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