The Minerva Foundation is changing the face of leadership with a movement of values-based leadership, and we are starting our work with women. We are a registered, non-profit charitable organization that supports women and girls throughout the province to gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their leadership potential. From leadership programs to education awards, and culturally-relevant programming developed in partnership with Indigenous women, Minerva elevates the visibility, influence and contribution of women to change the face of leadership in BC.
Here is what we do:
Since 2001, Minerva has directed more than $10,000,000 towards leadership and career exploration programming for women and girls.
Why we’re here:
As a society, we’ve come a long way in achieving equal rights for women, but we still have a long way to go. The impression that we have achieved gender equality is a false one.
Women represent over 50 percent of Canada’s population, and yet there is a lack of equality for women in every facet of our society – in business, government and community. We know that if we want to achieve true gender parity, where women are involved in the decisions that affect their lives, our work is far from done.
The impact of this inequality affects men and children as much as women. When a woman reaches her full potential, it sends a ripple effect that positively impacts her family, her community and her work. Research has shown the positive impact on a family when a mother is educated, and statistics have shown the financial gains achieved by businesses when women hold executive positions.
We know that girls are as predisposed to reaching leadership roles as boys and have the ambition to leave their mark on this world, yet struggle to reach their goals. It’s the unconscious biases and cultural expectations of girls that cause their confidence to drop after puberty, and decrease the likelihood that they will make it as far as their male counterparts. We know that women in rural, Indigenous communities face an even greater number of barriers that need to be addressed. And that’s why we’re here.
We also know we’re stronger together. So we come together as women and men of all backgrounds to achieve gender parity and make a difference for women, and for us all.
We’ll know that we have achieved our mission when everyone’s voice is included at the table, and both women and men have an equal say in the decisions that impact their lives.
Please join us in getting there.Read about our vision, mission and values