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International Women's Day

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08 Mar 2015
The 8th March marks International Women's Day, a day used to celebrate women's economic, political, and social achievements. This year will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is a historic roadmap signed by a large number of governments some 20 years ago to set the agenda for realising women's rights (you can read more about it here.)

International Women's day should receive a lot of attention, and I think it is important for people to know that it exists. Women have campaigned for decades to earn equality, whether it is the right to vote or equal pay. Most recently, Patricia Arquette mentioned that women should be earning the same as men in her acceptance speech at The Oscars, really giving the spotlight to an important topic.

More and more with the presence of the press and social media, it is easy to see, and to follow women who have extremely successful careers and who have achieved high standing social and political statuses in society. Take for instance Michelle Obama, Amal Alamuddin, Cherie Blair - all women who have had incredible success in different ways. At Sellick Partnership, I am proud to say that I am part of a team, and business, that is predominantly female. Sales as a profession is a very male environment, or rather is stereotypically thought of as male - think Wolf of Wall Street! However, our Board of Directors is comprised of 63% women, and again, it is something that as a business, we are very proud of.

It is really important that we do not take for granted the opportunities that are available to women here, and remember that it is most definitely not the same elsewhere in the world. Equally as important, is to not think the job is done here! There is still a huge argument in this country surrounding men and women being paid the same amount. For example male vs female footballers or men and women in business. An example of a recent change was that both men and women win equal prize money at Wimbledon, where as in the past men's winnings have been significantly higher.

There are still many countries where women can't do a lot of the things we do without thinking. For instance, drive, attend schools, apply for certain jobs (for example, women in China can't apply for mining engineering jobs and in some instances are generally not even allowed to apply to certain engineering courses at University), and where gender inequality is a highly contentious issue. So let's all take stock of that, and reflect on the significance of International Women's Day. It offers an opportunity to really consider worldwide progress on gender equality, and to also consider those that are making an impact on the opportunities available to women, as well as those who are breaking barriers, and achieving success.

How are you celebrating the empowerment of women today? Let me know in the comments below... 
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