International Women’s Day
Perhaps a day late but I spent the day thinking about International Women’s Day and what it means. History here is important. The UN began this day in 1975 to celebrate women’s’ rights and world peace. In 1977 member states were invited to declare March 8th International Women’s Day.
The media amplifies that we are obviously not at a place in time when it makes zero sense not to have International Women’s Day. After all, we do not have International Men’s Day nor do we need one. I have interviewed hundreds of women founders. Some I have written about every Monday for years and noted that day was always about the Woman Entrepreneur of the week. Now I have moved that into a Monday podcast. Hearing their stories about their families, their lives, their careers just confirms the fact that all of these female founders are very driven complicated layered people. And each generation has its own culture.
I read that Women on Corporate Boards have doubled over the last decade. The attitude portrayed by the media is that it sucks, women will never have equality on boards for 30 years at this pace, why, why, why and when? Here is the thing, let’s look at the data and the amplification over the last few decades and the shifts that have been made. We have been hoping for equality from the time of Adam and Eve. Based on that, things could shake up quickly in the next few years.
Remember in the 60’s women had three options. Nurse, Teacher or homemaker. Sure there were some outliers but those jobs were career guiders. Now we can start companies, take companies public, run publicly trading companies, and have our hand in every single industry out there. Some more than others and from all different angles. We have a voice and aren’t afraid to use it. We know that the future of equality is not that far in the future because we are going to work to get it. That is the big difference that doesn’t show in the data. The working women out there are demanding change. Sometimes it is subtle and sometimes it is right in your face but it’s there.
International Women’s Day came and passed and I look forward to the day when we don’t need to celebrate ourselves because we have changed the world so that we all stand equally with an equal voice and equal respect.