Today is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate women’s contributions to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.
During my time in corporate America, the gender gap was very apparent to me. At that time, we didn’t really talk about it. It was just the way it was. I noticed it. I felt it. And I didn’t like it. Women were treated differently than men, for sure. The good ole' boys network was alive and well and women were not welcome to the club.
"We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back." - Malala Yousafzai
I’m happy that there is so much more awareness today. The acknowledgement that the gender disparity is not ok and the realization that the whole of humanity will benefit when women are allowed to realize their limitless potential is refreshing. We’ve come a long way. Today is a day to celebrate the many achievements of women.
The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s them is Better the Balance, Better the World. #balanceforbetter
According to the International Women’s Day website, "Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage …
Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.”
I happen to agree.
Gender balance is sexy.
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