The Day of the Girl

ImagesThe United Nations proclaimed today the International Day of the Girl.  Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better
girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and
reach their full potential.

There is significant data that shows the impact women make in reducing poverty in their area, creating community, their ability to take out loans for businesses and pay the loans back and more.  My guess is that the UN is interested in thinking about girls at a global level more than here at home in the US.  I understand that but each of us should also be looking in our own back yard. 

Take Your Daughter to Work Day was established by Gloria Steinem in 1993 to address self esteem in girls encouraging them to see the many opportunites that lay ahead for them.  The importance of that still exists today.  Many women are told that they can do anything they want but the reality is once they graduate college many are surprised to see the gender issues that seem to arise.  There is room at every level for women and women should know that.

What can we do to support women feel empowered to build businesses, families, communities and their own personal success (which could just be feeling fantastic about who they are).  As women we can support each other at every turn from helping think through a hiring decision to sharing the best website to buy groceries.  If possible, invest in women led companies and buy products from women-led businesses.  If you have daughters make them stand up for what they believe in and who they are instead of slinking to the back of the classroom or telling their boss they have a doctors appointment instead of a sporting event for their kid. 

Until we all stand up for the respect that women deserve for their ideas, their businesses, their leadership and just being a woman then there will continue to be gender issues in every area of this country.  Also  women must feel bold and empowered in their decision making and just as competent and deserving as their male counterparts. So today I celebrate the Day of the Girl but want to think about it in regards to how I personally can make my own impact on girl power.