March 8th was International Women’s Day formerly known as International Working Women’s Day and that got me to thinking about the amazing women I have known in my lifetime and those who came before to create the path. My heart is filled with gratitude for the women who blazed trails for us in the arenas of education, economics, politics and society. Where would we be today without them? It’s hard to say. I’m certain we wouldn’t have a woman running for the office of President of the United States.
So, here’s to all the women who’ve come before us to fight for our rights as citizens of this world when those rights were being denied us. The struggles are not over. Not by a long shot. There are still rights to be fought for women here in the U.S. as well as around the world. However, we have made much progress.
I visited the International Women’s Day Website to see what events were happening in my area and around the world. Their theme this year is gender parity. I was surprised to read that, “The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.”
It seems like such a very long time away before we humans can see each other as equals. I hope and pray that it doesn’t take that long, though if it does, I pray that we accomplish more than just gender parity by then.
I also want to share this from the website. “Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.”
I am proud to say that I consider the work I do a contribution to those ideals and feel in sync with the hard work that our predecessors have done to bring us as far as we’ve come. I work with women around the country and around the world. I help women find their way to themselves. To their inner power, their hopes and dreams. We are all, men and women alike, still working our way to our true selves.
You can go to the website and read all about the mission and events that the International Women’s Day organization promotes. However, there’s one more thing I want to share from that site. I think it’s important to remind people why gender parity is so important. This is what is posted on the site.
“Gender parity is linked to economic prosperity. It’s an economic imperative. Women’s advancement and leadership are central to business performance and economic prosperity. Profitability, ROI and innovation all increase when women are counted among senior leadership.”
Numerous global studies on the impact of women in leadership reveal the following findings:
– Women are the largest emerging market in the world
– More equality > higher GDP
– More equality > more productivity
– Better gender balance on boards > better share price and financial performance
– More gender-balanced leadership > better all-around performance
– More women political leaders > more prosperity”
Not being treated as equals creates tremendous stress. Stress, as we know can make us sick and can even be life threatening. It can prevent us from pursuing our goals. It can make us feel “less than.” Take steps to treat yourself as equal in this world.
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