Happy International Women’s Day 2012

March 8th, 2012
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I love this day. I love International Women’s Day. Every year, I am reminded of how wonderful it is to be a woman at this time in history. I have the opportunity to go to school. I have the ability to be a doctor, lawyer, politician, or own a business.  We, Women all over the world, have more power than ever before to make choices about our lives and  our bodies.

Check out this awesome video that celebrates the achievements of women all over the world!

Across the globe, International Women’s Day enables us to celebrate the political, economic, and social achievements that have been made by women. Thousands of events take place all over the world on this amazing day.  There have been a lot of  shifts and attitudinal changes which have enabled women to make steps towards equality.  Women have more power in boardrooms, politics, and have been recognized for importance that they have in societies all over the world.

Every March 8th, I am overwhelmed with gratitude at the opportunities that I have access to due to the sacrifices and strength of the millions of women that came before me.  More and more women are able to have these opportunities because as a society that we realize that women are essential for the success of our world.

This amazing article provides perspectives  from around the world on what has been achieved for women. Click here  

While success has been made for women, we still have a long way to go. “No country can claim to be entirely free from gender-based discrimination. This inequality can be seen in persistent gender wage gaps and unequal opportunities, in low representation of women in leadership in public office and the private sector, in child marriage and missing girls due to son preference, and in continuing violence against women in all its forms.” –UN Women

One of my favorite female leaders, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, speaks about the challenges that women face as professionals. Check out this powerful video right here!

The unfortunate reality is that women are still not paid equally to men, women are not equal in business or politics, and globally women’s health, education and violence is worse than men.  Studies have indicated that gender equality is positively connected to higher rates of gross national product and opening up more economic opportunities to women significant raises economic growth and reduces poverty. –UN Women

While much has been done,  it is clear that we have more left to do. Let us use International Women’s Day as a catalyst to move women’s rights forward. Let us work towards creating a world based on equality, dignity, and the fulfillment of our  potential.

The time to act is now.  Lets make the Girl Effect a reality. Watch this video and be a part of this amazing movement.

 

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