We celebrated International Women’s Day with Xavier University’s Alumni Office for their Women’s Leadership Series. Together with this dynamic group of Xavier alumnae we took time to celebrate the progress that has been made for gender equity worldwide, while also recognizing the remaining work to be done from the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report.
On March 8, 2019 people all around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day and its 2019 theme: #BalanceforBetter. At it’s core, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a celebration of women– where we have been and what we have achieved socially, economically, politically, and culturally. However, in addition to celebrating how far we have come, IWD also calls us to look at how far we have yet to go on the path to gender parity, and what actions must we all take as individuals to increase the pace of progress?
Calendars have flipped to April, which means that in addition to longer days and rising temps, we’re closing the chapter on Women’s History Month. However, we’re here to remind you that gender equality is not about a single day, or a single month—this year’s theme for International Women’s Day makes it clear that the Press for Progress is an ongoing call to drive change in ourselves, in our workplaces, and in our communities. The “hype” may have passed, but the need has not.
We kicked off International Women’s Day a week early with our #PressforProgress webinar—together, we took a deep dive on the report findings and discussed action items for how each participant can contribute to the press for gender parity in their organization and beyond.
This exciting day is right around the corner. Now, more than ever, there is a strong need to press forward and progress gender parity. In honor of this year’s theme, Gild Collective has created a Press For Progress workshop. We would love to help you celebrate the women in your organization.
International Women’s Day is not just a day for women, nor should it be. We need all genders rallying together to support one another, and for that enthusiasm to continue well beyond one day in March. This is the only way that we will drive true change and Press for Progress as this year’s International Women's Day theme demands.
If we acknowledge the fact that it will take 217 years to reach gender parity, we know that one day of commemoration won’t expedite the process—but International Women’s Day is more than just one day. It is a moment to look back at the progress we have made and be proud of that, then it is time to get to work.
International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the achievements of women and to continue making the call for gender parity.
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