International Women’s Day is March 8th. It’s a time to celebrate all that women have accomplished and the opportunity to expose those areas where society continues to cheat them.
There’s no doubt, we have come a long way in the western world. There’s still the gender pay gap to contend with, the high number of women still exiting the workforce for family, sexual and domestic violence to eradicate, and let’s not forget that many politicians still want to interfere with the choices we make. Sounds like a long way to go, but we have it better than women in other countries.
In many parts of the world, women are still struggling with basic rights, such as who they choose to marry, whether or not they can continue to higher education, and avoiding brutal rape and exposure to disease simply because they live in a conflict-ridden area.
Women’s contribution to society simply by raising families and caring for loved ones is one that should be honored and celebrated. International Women’s Day is a time to remember these noble contributions, but it’s also a time to remind the world that we’re more than that. For example, studies show that educated and literate women in both finance and reading can change the world profoundly, mainly because our commitment to family and community gives us that opportunity to extend what we learn to future generations. Whether we’re teachers or professionals, women have a need to share their knowledge and change the world, and that’s been shown to benefit families, communities and even corporations.
I’ve been preparing brief videos to highlight these important points. Join me on Tuesday, March 8th on Facebook and Twitter, as I celebrate women all over the world, and help bring attention to where we’re shamefully still lacking. Because if we sincerely want to change the world for the better, then we must work together to improve the lives of women worldwide. It’s good for the family, it’s good for the community, and it’s good for the economy.