International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day and is the focal point for women’s rights. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. As this day is quickly coming upon us, how will you integrate greater equality for women into your personal life and professional career?

 

International Women’s Day – a focal point for women’s rights

March 8th is International Women’s Day and this year, the International Women’s Day website has an important message:

 

An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender-equal world? Celebrate women’s achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.  

That’s a lot of powerful questions and statements in one short paragraph.

 

 

 

What does #EachforEqual mean?  

We can fight bias. We are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. Each of us can choose to accept bias and stereotypes or we can broaden our horizons and challenge those cliches.

We also can broaden perceptions and celebrate women’s achievements – both for what they are and to bring greater awareness to the amazing work women are doing in today’s world.

By challenging long-held stereotypes, we can create a more equal world for us all to live in. By enabling equality we live stronger in our homes, at our jobs, and across the globe, and that’s when we move an equal world to an enabled world.

 

 

How can one person make a change?  

Women have a voice, a unique perspective, and bring a lot to the table. Happily, the opportunities are numerous. On a personal level, it can be as simple as celebrating the achievements of women. We can bring greater awareness and highlight the importance of their success stories. It can also be about being more inclusive in our personal life, making sure that we are not excluding women from the important events and decisions we make. To leave women out of the mix is like leaving a vital ingredient out of a recipe.

 

 

Goodbye to the glass ceiling

Careers are another important place where equality for women comes into play. We can make sure that we are hiring and promoting on a gender-neutral basis. To do so, we need to be sure that our hiring processes do not have any hidden biases and that we are comparing candidates in an unbiased way.

We can make sure that we are also giving projects to women on an equal basis, which could help to position them for promotional opportunities.  And most importantly perhaps, we can make sure we are paying women equal pay for equal work.

Something I’ve personally witnessed is what happens in some business meetings, and it needs to change. Unfortunately, like many of us, I’ve often been in meetings when a woman’s comments are cut off by the louder, male voices in the room. Essentially you’re drowned out, not heard, and sometimes outright dismissed. We need to recognise this and make sure we are listening to all voices. We need to remember that a project with combined efforts, inclusive of all perspectives is much more likely to succeed, and succeed at a greater level than one that is formed from the few heard voices. We need to make sure we are listening to all voices.

Collectively, every one of us, male and female, can help create a gender-equal world.

 

What are your ideas? How can create greater awareness of this important day? I would love to hear your insights.

To find out more about International Women’s Day and how you can get involved, visit: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

10 thoughts on “International Women’s Day

  1. We have come a LONG way in the journey towards gender equality, but we’re not there yet. I think it’s important to both appreciate the steps that we’ve taken and to acknowledge the problems that still exist today. We CAN get there but not without a lot of hard work, with each of us stepping up and lending our voices to the fight.

    1. Britt – spot on comments! I agree – we have come a loooong way but our journey is not over yet. I agree too that we can get there, together! Thanks for sharing your insightful comments!

    1. It is…. but it’s wonderful that both men and women are joining in the fight for equality now. Together we are turning the tide.

  2. It is so important that we keep working for equal rights as women. There are lots of things that can be changed, for the better of women. I noticed an improved hiring of women in the tech industry. One important thing is that I don’t want to be paid less than a man for the same level of work we do. We’re just as capable!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  3. I completely agree – I ave seen women welcomed into more traditional male roles. The equal pay and promotion part has been a bit slower to come by though unfortunately.

  4. So important to keep all of these points front & center, thank you for highlighting them on International Women’s Day! Often, people think they are not sexist, ageist, etc., but we all have implicit bias we must constantly work to recognize and eliminate. We also don’t want to see the progress that women have made become jeopardized. That is a constant risk in some political circles, unfortunately.

  5. Thank you so much BBSS for your insightful comments – I really appreciate you adding these comments to this article!

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