Business Women of Moose Jaw started about a decade ago with the PRISM Awards which celebrated women in the community.

The event was always hosted on or around International Women's Day, which is being celebrated today. However, the pandemic has put those awards on the back burner. The last event was held back in 2020.

President Crystal Froese says they continue to celebrate women and encourage them by coming together each month and supporting each other.

"We've got so many women who have leadership roles within their own business and organizations, downtown, retail businesses, corporations, transportation. Women in our community have leadership roles in so many ways from owning their own businesses to being leaders within the business in agriculture. I really believe we have quite a really strong, aggressive community of women in leadership here our city."

While there have been many positive changes over the years, Froese says there are some challenges that still remain.

"There's always the issue of equity in pay. Women tend to still be the primary caregivers in the home and so there's always issues around child care and being able to afford to pursue your dreams while still looking after the household and children. Although that is improving, the stats are still out there that still show that women are not paid equally."

Business Women of Moose Jaw will next meet on March 22 at 11:30am - 1pm at the Grant Hall Hotel. Guest speakers include Constable Jayme Hoffman and Moose Jaw Firefighter Brittany Schofer. Lunch will be provided. Tickets can be purchased here