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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Maps

International Women’s Day is almost here! Let’s celebrate this special day with ArcGIS web maps and story maps that highlight the contributions of Canadian women and the challenges of living in a world that is not equal for both genders. 

March 8th marks International Women’s Day. It’s a time to celebrate and reflect on the contributions of women and discuss their struggle towards gender equality.

In honour of this day, we have put together a list of story maps and web maps to encourage students to think about what it means to have a world that is truly equal for both genders and what actions are needed to contribute to this vision.

Focus: International

gisAction Map for a Sustainable Development - SDG Mapping SDG5 – Gender Equality
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Goal 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. In this map, you will find out the proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments (% of total number of seats) by country.

Indicators of the Planet - Women in Parliament
In this story map, discover which countries lead the way for women in parliament.

Global Women Health Indicators
This story map highlights how women are faring by country with respect to life expectancy, maternal mortality, contraceptive use & total fertility rate, and the percent of births attended by skilled health personnel.

Explore Female Life Expectancy in the Global Women’s Health Indicators story map.

Men vs Women in STEM
Explore this map to see the percentage of women vs men in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs at post-secondary institutions in various Canadian regions. 

The Gender Inequality Index (GII) Map
The GII is an inequality index that measures gender inequalities in three important aspects of human development. Data is from The United Nations, 2018.

Discover where the gender inequality index is low or high in the world.

Celebrating Women’s Rights
This story map promotes women's rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Focus: Canada

Women’s Right to Vote in Canada Map
Discover when women in Canada received the right to vote by province and territory.

Canadian Heroines
This story map celebrates the accomplishments of just a few of these women who made significant contributions to society.

Celebrate Canadian heroines - Most of them were born in Canada; others immigrated to Canada or spent just a short time here but left an important legacy.

Viola Desmond: Places in the life of Canada’s civil rights icon
This story map highlights the story of Viola Desmond and her fight for civil rights in Canada.

Activity: Tell the story of a woman that inspires you

Using ArcGIS StoryMaps, share the story about a woman who has inspired you. Make sure to include significant events of their life, videos, images, and text in your story map. Explore this example on the life of Malala – an activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.

Check out the Esri Canada Resource Finder if you are looking for resources to get started or to continue your ArcGIS Online journey.

This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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