Happy International Women’s Day 2019! International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th annually since the early 1900s. The day marks an event for “celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women” IWD.com. It is a day to ban together & celebrate all things female.
The day calls for retrospection on some of the most critical issues women face including gender disparity & emancipation. The day is a universal celebration not belonging to any one group. It’s a day for organisations & individuals to own & commend the work of women.
Why is this day important?
We’ve come a long way- that’s for sure. But we still have a long way to go on a global scale. A shift has occurred following the increase in women’s visibility. But that’s not to say that a shift in attitude towards women’s importance in society is enough. We want & are entitled to equality.
True gender parity is defined by both “women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making” (source: Gender Equality.) In 2019 we want to continue the work towards equilibrium for all genders, reducing bias & providing equal opportunity.
The facts of gender disparity
Pay gap disparity, with women not being paid equally to their male counterparts. Women are reported to earn 15.3% less than a man’s full-time weekly wage in Australia (source: Face the facts)
Women in Australia take home on average $251.20 less than men each week (full-time adult ordinary earnings)(source: Face the facts)
In 2015-16 the superannuation balances for women between 60-64 years of age were 58% of those of men (source: Face the facts)
The “global labour force participation rate for women is close to 49%. For men, it’s 75%. With some regions facing a gap of more than 50 percentage points” (source: International Labour Organization)
Domestic violence in Australia is affecting women hardest with 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 (source: Face the facts)
There is a misrepresentation of women in the number of women participating in the political landscape. Additionally, women are not present in equal numbers as men in the board room.
Why we need to support women
Women in areas of poverty have a particularly more challenging time finding employment than men, thus extending the poverty cycle. “The freedom to work – by choice, in conditions of dignity, safety and fairness – is integral to human welfare. Guaranteeing that women have access to this right is an important end in itself.” International Labour Organization.
Reducing the gender gap lifts global GDP. Creating a better future for generations to come.
We need to break barriers, form new ways & reduce imbalances. We need to support women affected by poverty and other hardships that discourage them from seizing the equal opportunity. We need to shine a light on the issues of gender disparity. We need to condemn the misogyny of inequality. We need to give those that don’t have a voice the chance to the equality they are entitled to. We need to break the statistics.
What the day means for us
We’re a female-founded startup. We stand proud to be pushing for the parity of women in business. We want to support all people to have equal opportunities regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic status.
We want to work towards reducing occupational segregation. Women are more likely to be in roles that are perceived as a low skill than men, International Labour Organization.
We take International Women’s Day as a day for introspection & a day to rejoice all things female. We reflect on female founders, advocates, visionaries that inspire us. We also use today as a day to show appreciation for the people behind great women; loved ones, family, friends & partners.
The day is a day to focus on promoting female empowerment.
Women inspiring us
Cheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ taught me about the importance of leaning into your career & being unequivocally unapologetic in doing so.
Lean in, jump in & celebrate this International Women’s Day – & most importantly, show appreciation for the women in your life.