Today, THAT celebrates International Women's Day. A day to highlight women in our lives, community, jobs, and industries who continue to push for change, equality and a better world for us all. A time for us to lift these women up, fight bias and broaden perspectives today, and every day forward, for us all to achieve an equal and enabled world.
We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world.
~ International Women's Day site (https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme)
Our core principles for us at THAT are positive impact, change, community... when one of us rises we all rise together. Bringing equality to our community, to our industry, will involve all of us. On this day we want to not only acknowledge all of the incredible women in our THAT Family, but encourage each of you to help us push for #EachforEqual.
March 16, 1911, the first International Women's Day was held as more than one million women and men across Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland attended rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office, and end discrimination.
Six years later, on February 24, 1917, women in Russia marked the day by staging a strike for “bread and peace” to protest food shortages, poor living conditions, and World War I. After that event, International Women's Day was transferred to March 8th and has remained the global date since.
The "broken rung". We often refer to breaking the "glass ceiling", but that's not where women are getting held back, instead it is the initial step up to manager. For every 100 men promoted to manager, only 72 women are promoted.
Which leads to...
Looking just at tech...
When it comes to equal pay in tech, according to a recent study by Dice...
The advantages to a diverse and equal team are undeniable. If we look at economic spending, women control around 73% of all household spending in the U.S. They account for $4.3 trillion of U.S. consumer spending out of the total $5.9 trillion spent. Think about the improved ability to tap into that economic force if there were equal voices in the rooms.
We also know...
Reaching equality will take all of us, regardless of your gender. We are all parts that make up the whole. Here are just some of the things we all can do every day:
Be heard. Women tend to focus on "invisible" tasks and stay quiet in meetings. Let your work be known, share your ideas. Don't minimize yourself. Be heard.
Help to highlight the work and ideas of women around you. If you have privilege in a room, meeting, community, lend it to a woman. Let your support of her be heard.