Women across Nova Scotia are celebrating International Women’s Day, today, March 8. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women and Nova Scotia Community College held two events, one in Halifax and one in Bridgewater to honour the accomplishments of women in trades and technology. The organizations are involved in two projects, Techsploration and Women Unlimited, that encourage women’s participation in science, trades and technology occupations. “Today, we’re telling women to consider jobs in science, trades and technology. They’re good jobs that provide a secure income,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “Women working in these fields are changing the face of their workplaces, increasing the diversity, and leading the way for future generations.” “NSCC provides a supportive training environment for women enrolled in our trades and technology programs,” said Joan McArthur-Blair, NSCC president. “From here, we need to ensure we are sending our female graduates to job sites that do not marginalize them because of gender, but recognize these women for what they bring to the workforce–a great deal of talent and skill.” Two scholarships were announced in Halifax. Carolyn Hatcher and Cheryl Decourcey announced $1,000 in funding on behalf of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth for a woman studying in trades and technology at the community college. As well, an anonymous donor is providing a one-year scholarship for a woman in one of these programs. In Bridgewater, Michelin renewed its scholarship for a woman who has taken part in the Young Women’s Conference at Lunenburg campus and who is entering as a full-time student in a trade or technology program at the Nova Scotia Community College. Events focusing on women in trades and technology took place at several campuses of Nova Scotia community college. As well, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Women’s Place women’s resource centre in Bridgetown celebrated women’s art and music in venues around the community.