Women -Today is International Women’s Day 2017

It’s International Women’s Day 2017!   IWD was established to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

This year, in Santa Clara County, where I live, County leaders are calling on the community to stand-up in economic solidarity with women and gender non-conforming people.There is also a worldwide one-day demonstration-A Day Without a Woman.

Why a one-day demonstration?  To show just how much economic impact women have on the world’s economy.   Here are few facts from the National Association of Women Business Owners

  • 9.4 million Small Business are owned by a woman.
  • 7.9 Million people work for a woman-owned small business in the US
  • Women-owned business generate $1.4 Trillion in sales
How can you support International Women’s Day?

 

  • Women are encouraged to take the day off from paid and unpaid labor.
  • Try and avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
  • Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.
  • Male allies: engage in caregiving.  Use the day to call out decision-makers at the workplace and in the government to extend equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women.

There are events and activities happening all over the world.  To find a way to support International women’s day in your area – click here

This year is a call to the masses and yourself to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive and gender equal world.

How will you work, live and take action for a more inclusive and gender equal world?

The simplest way is to acknowledge it’s gender inequality is real, your actions for change matter and today is a great day to start the conversation.

I would love to hear what action you took today and how you plan to continue the conversation on more inclusiveness and gender equality.