March 8 is Intl. Women’s Day, which is a call-to-action to progress gender parity. The 2018 campaign theme is to press for progress. This is because the World Economic Forum 2017 Global Gender Gap Report finds that gender parity is more than 200 years away. Thus, there is a strong global movement.

One big area to inspire and motive is in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). IEEE will focus on this at its fifth annual IEEE Women in Engineering Intl. Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for May 21-22 in San Jose, Calif. The organization just added two new speakers to its two-day professional leadership event.

Also part of the global movement for gender parity, the Constructech Women in Construction was created to honor and recognize successful women working within the construction community who are taking advantage of technology and represent many of the largest and most innovative construction companies in the world.

Published in the Fall issue, the ballot for 2018 is now open, with winners being honored at a dinner at the Technology Day conference.

In addition to the above honors, Connected World will celebrate the Women of IoT through the WoM2M/IoT awards in May at a special dinner gala as well as through a detailed article highlighting all 42 outstanding women. To submit any amazing women you might know for this special recognition, simply fill out the ballot, as time is quickly running out to share their formidable stories with the world.

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