International Women’s Day 2017
Today is International Women’s Day. A day when 49.6% of the World’s population mark the day by celebrating the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of Women ( International Women’s Day, 2017). A day where pride is culminated, where an international stage is created, to raise the profile of the collective achievements and impact females can make across a multitude of industries, countries and sectors.
However it is also a day of reflection. Why are we still having to mark these every day successes and achievements with an allocated day? Because Gender parity is still an issue, in-fact the gap won’t be closed until 2186. When I am asked about my career, what motivates me, why I made the decision to make corporate life the answer is easy. I want to be a better version of myself. I want to continually evolve, learn and be better than I was yesterday. Charles Darwin devoted his life to the theories of evolution; ” It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, or the most intelligent but the ones most responsive to change.” This is what drives me to create a business that my two daughters will be inspired by. Creating strong powerful role models is a vital component in closing the gender parity gap.
Being male of female is an insignificant component in my book. My gender doesn’t define my ability to be creative, drive my business or to impart my pearls of wisdom on University students. My gender drives me beyond what I thought was possible. I surprise myself sometimes.
See below my feature on female entrepreneurism thanks to Workspace.