March 8th marks the annual observance of International Women’s Day. While it celebrates the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women around the world, its true focus is on unity, equality and advocacy to bridge the gender divide that unfortunately still exists.
The theme this year is #EachforEqual – An Equal World is an Enabled World. For us, this idea of “enablement” being flipped on its head is powerful. We’re all responsible for our thoughts and actions and we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions and improve situations. If we don’t do these things, are we enabling the gender barriers to continue?
Changing the system
The way we change the system is by influencing who we are and how we show up. This doesn’t mean we are out marching the streets protesting and creating noise. It means we connect with our inner strength and power, design our lives mindfully and purposefully and have the courage to ask for what we want and deserve. As we say in the opening section of the Core Confidence book:
“take ownership of your talents and put them in the service of your best and most daring self, not only for your own advancement but to act as a strong role model for those girls and women behind and beside you.”
Small steps make a big impact
The time is now to create new rules for yourself and the environment you work within. How can you be advocating and influencing change?
Some ideas might include:
Advocacy and influence don’t have to be big and noisy. Create change with small steps, by having the courage to show the way. Each of these can make a big impact on those around us.