"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” – Gloria Steinem
Inspiring Change is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day. The theme, set by the UN, picks up on the momentum of those women leading the new women’s movement, who are focused on getting more women into the boardroom and at the heads of nations.
Some may wonder why we still need to celebrate a holiday such as International Women’s Day. International reports such as the Global Gender Gap Report by the UN and Grant Thornton’s International Business Report indicate that far from being able to rest on the laurels of those who achieved suffrage and other civil rights, the representation of women in in the most lucrative and high profile jobs remains depressingly low. According to the latter report, the US ranks in the bottom 10 for women in management roles.
Only 22% of senior roles are occupied by women. Developing countries have been able to harness the power of diversity in management. “It’s no longer feasible for U.S. businesses to adopt a sit and wait policy when it comes to promoting women to senior management roles, particularly when so many other nations —developed and emerging — are more rapidly realizing the benefits of diverse senior leadership,” says Erica O’Malley, Grant Thornton LLP’s national managing partner of Diversity & Inclusion.
It’s no longer feasible for U.S. businesses to adopt a sit and wait policy when it comes to promoting women to senior management roles
How can you inspire change?
- Be a role model
- Share your knowledge
- Don’t conform
This year, Womenalia has celebrated a number of women who continue to shatter glass ceilings in Politics, Law, Education, Science & Technology, Film, and Business. They are the world’s most powerful women, and we have a lot to learn from them. The visibility these women have attained means that young girls will have role models they can relate to and change their perception of what “women’s work” can be. Play-i advocates girls’ participation in technology with the slogan: “Changing the World starts with changing your perception.” We couldn’t agree more.
Thank you! To all the women who dare to raise their voice and to those whose everyday actions make the world a safer, more open place for girls to grow up believing they can be anything they want.
Happy Women’s Day Womenalias!