It’s International Women’s Day and I am so excited! This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter meaning a balanced world is a better world. Yes, gender equality is still a thing and a more gender-balanced world is what International Women’s Day 2019 is striving for.
Here are some of the disparities according to www.makers.com:
- In 2016, just 57 percent world’s working-age women are in the labor force, compared to 70 percent of working-age men. Microlending programs like Kivahelp women start and sustain their own businesses. (Department of Labor)
- Women with full-time jobs still earn only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings. Talk about how much you earn, and report inequality. Learn about how to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC here. (White House)
- African-American women earn 64 cents and Latina women earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. Lean In offers resources for negotiation in the workplace.
- 62 million girls are denied an education all over the world, and former First Lady Michelle Obamastarted shining a light on this issue through her Let Girls Learn initiative in 2015. #UpForSchool wants to continue to fight to change that. Sign their petition here. (UN Foundation; 62 Million Girls)
- According to the UN Foundation, “At least 250,000 maternal deaths and as many as 1.7 million newborn deaths would be averted if the need for both family planning and maternal and newborn health services were met.”
- American women serving in Iraq or Afghanistan are more likelyto be raped by a comrade then killed by an enemy, and the rate of sexual harassment reports is higher than ever. In 2016, service members reported 6,172 cases of sexual assault compared to 6,082 in 2015. The Service Women’s Action Network helps achieve equal opportunities, protections and benefits for women in the military. Learn about their mission. (Pentagon; NBC)
- Women around the world aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria. (UN)
- By 2020, there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs in the U.S. and, at the current rate of students graduating with degrees in computer science, men will outnumber women 4:1. Girls Who Codeaims to educate and expose at least 1 million girls to computer science by 2020. Learn more about what they do here. (Microsoft Research)
- One in five women on U.S. college campuses have experienced sexual assault. End Rape on Campusoffers resources for survivors and supporters, working to bring more cases to court and raise awareness. (AAUW)
- Women currently hold 24, or 4.8 percent of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies. Mentorship programs like Step Uphelp keep girls in school, getting them that much closer to an executive position. Learn how you can play a part. (Catalyst)
These heartbreaking facts are the exact reason International Women’s Day #BalanceforBetter is so important.
Let’s do our part and celebrate women’s achievements, whether social, economic, cultural or political. Let’s raise awareness against bias, and take steps toward furthering equality. Our future depends on us!