You don’t have to be an ardent feminist or militant women’s libber to work out that women, unlike men, have had to fight untold battles to achieve gender equality for hundreds of years.
That’s why we celebrate Women’s Day and not Men’s Day. It’s a moment in time when we acknowledge the contributions women have made to the progression of humanity. Those women who gave the rest of us a voice and fought for our right to equality and those who continue to do so, because we are not there yet.
Historically, think of:
Emmeline Pankhurst, who founded the suffragette movement and helped women win the right to vote.
Florence Nightingale, who pioneered modern nursing and hygiene in hospitals as she headed up a team of nurses during the Crimean War.
Marie Curie, who was instrumental in the discovery of X-Rays, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and the only person to win it twice.
On Women’s Day in South Africa, let’s focus the women and organisations who continue to fight for the following causes (among many others):
- Equal pay (there is still a gender pay gap between men and women
- Better representation from the boardroom to parliament
- Violence and sexual abuse against women
- Keeping girl children in school by providing them with sanitary protection which millions cannot afford resulting in them missing a week of school each month
Empowered and educated women strengthen any society. But we need more women to step up to the plate, to take on positions of leadership, responsibility and advocacy. And we need to partner with strong, empowered men along the way, who share the vision that the world need a balance between the masculine and the feminine.
FYI: Although not much is made of it yet, International Men’s Day is celebrated on 19 November each year.
Pay tribute to the women in your team by booking a female speaker
With the focus on women for the month of August, this is the ideal time to book a motivational speaker to inspire your female executives and teams.
As an inspirational speaker, best-selling author and a woman, I can offer you a number of solutions to meet your requirements:
Get Outta Your Head team building workshop – celebrating the human bond. Click here for more info.
Parenting on the Run – for working parents who want to learn how to cheat time and connect with their children despite their busyness. Click here for more info.
Brand You – good personal branding in the workplace can give your team the edge in sales, marketing, client retention and customer service – this workshop is especially for network marketing and direct selling companies and franchise operations. Click here for more info.
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