In 1908, 15,000 women made an inspiring impression when they marched through New York City demanding things important to most women: shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Here we are, 100 years later, and International Women's Day is acknowledging this event with their global theme of Shaping Progress.
Progress is the key word, because while women have made great strides there is still room for improvement. Sharon Fraser, a Managing Partner at Deloitte (a supporting company of IWD) mentions educational strides, greater representation of women as heads of corporations, and increasing acceptance in the political realm as areas where women have gained strength. However, she follows those positive notes by mentioning that many countries still consider women second class citizens.
Her International Women's Day Message to the world is, "We need to have more confidence in ourselves, our abilities, and our potential. You need to decide what you want to do, and then you need to go for it."
How does your workplace measure up in terms of the way it treats women? Do you feel like women have ample representation and equal opportunity for promotion?