International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day March 8th

In 2016, less than 1/5 of all leadership roles were held by women

The energy is there. The women entrepreneurs are there,” she said. Of Canada’s1.2 million small to medium-sized businesses, fewer than 200,000 are womenowned.Aug 1, 2019 – National Observer.com

These statistics are startling and concerning to me. We need to do better to encourage and support women to enter into leadership roles and entrepreneurship.

As a woman entrepreneur and mother of two daughters, International Women’s Day has a deep personal meaning to me.  I believe it is critical that my girls have the same opportunities to them in education, sports, and career as everyone else.  

This is a copy of the article I wrote for the Snapd Dufferin March 2020 edition – my column “The Online Corner”.

More about International Women’s Day:

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8.  The day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911.  This celebration is not limited to any country or region, and is recognized around the world.

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “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.”

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

In Canada the women’s equality movement is much more advanced than in other countries.  We are fortunate to have laws that protect equal pay for equal work as.

I am grateful to see more young women enter into trades and science and technology fields and I think this should be expanded on and encouraged.

As a woman entrepreneur, I have a unique view on women’s contribution to the business world.  I’ve found that women that support each other in business become part of a successful movement of strong confidence, yet authentic and vulnerable female entrepreneurs.  Running our businesses using not only incredible knowledge and skill but also heart and emotion is creating a new type of boardroom culture.

In Canada only 16% of businesses are female owned or female led.  This is incredibly unbalanced. How can we encourage and empower our daughters to feel confident enough to venture out on their own, and follow their entrepreneurial spirits?  Our government has grants and programs for female business owners – is this enough? Are we teaching enough business skills in the classroom? We need to do better.

On March 8th YOU can help raise awareness and participate by sharing to your social media your thoughts on equality, and your experiences with equality or gender bias.  Using the hashtags #IWD2020 #EachforEqual on all of your social media posts, as those will be trending.  

For more information visit this website:

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world?

Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

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