International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Our Mission to Advance Equity in the Workplace
Today is “International Day of Women and Girls in Science,” and the mission of this day is not only relevant, but important, to the team at QED National. Our business has benefitted from women in science and other STEM-related fields, including contributions from our customers, partners, IT consultants, and of course, founder and President Colleen Molter. QED is proud to spread the message, support the mission and underscore the importance of providing opportunities for women in science and other STEM-related fields.
“I’ve been fascinated by science and technology my entire life, so this day is personal for me. I was fortunate to have a family that encouraged me to attend engineering school. It’s important to pay it forward and support the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists, which is why the team at QED is dedicated to supporting women and girls in STEM… not just today, but every day.” – Colleen Molter, President, QED National
History and Mission
This day literally has a “royal” history. HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite used her experience as a medical doctor and scientist to create and build a global organization called Women in Science International League to advocate for gender equality in science. Dr. El-Hashemite and her organization worked closely with the United Nations to advance the inclusion of women in science, and in 2015, she presented a resolution that declared February 11 as International Women’s and Girl’s Day in Science to recognize the role women played in science and technology around the world. The significance of the day is best summarized by quoting Dr. El-Hashemite: “Every February 11, we celebrate the achievements of women, known and unknown, remembered and forgotten, who have forged the way for those of us in science today.”
Impact and Importance
Honoring the contributions of women in science is notable, and it’s equally important to recognize we must work year-round to achieve equity and create a stronger, more impactful workforce. In fact, in 2020, management consulting firm McKinsey published a report titled Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters which determined diverse companies perform better, hire better talent, have more engaged employees and retain workers better than companies that do not focus on diversity and inclusion. Equally important, the team at QED understands that we work best when our team reflects the customers we serve, and that means hiring more women as employees and consultants.
Achieving Gender Equity in the Workplace
While hiring women is an important business objective, there are many ways QED, partners and customers can help achieve gender equity in the workplace. We can start by mentoring young people, hiring young professionals eager to learn about STEM-related careers, and getting involved in professional organizations such as WITI or Girls Who Code. Regardless of how you choose to take action, let’s dedicate time and resources to help shape and inform tomorrow’s technology leaders. Perhaps we can inspire the next IT consultants, management consultants, project managers and more.
Work with Us
If you are interested in exploring a career at QED National, please visit the Jobs section on the company website. It will be great to hear from you.