Now that International Women’s Day (IWD) is exactly a month behind us, did we make every day IWD, as we promised each other we would?
As our collection of the best blogs from the day shows, we really need to – there is much still to be done. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Only one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.”
Achieving gender equality and the economic empowerment of women is both a moral and social imperative — and it’s also good business. A study conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that, if all countries matched the level of progress toward gender equality of the most advanced country in their region, annual global GDP could increase by up to $12 trillion in 2025.
Over the past two decades, significant progress has been made toward raising living standards and closing the gap between men and women. But the statistics, facts and figures tell us that for every pound that a man earns in the UK, a woman earns 80p. And in terms of status rather than pay, only a very limited number of women have as much influence as men – and these women must try and women must help other women get there. That is why we have diversity and inclusion at the heart of the Sheridan Resolutions business and run events helping aspiring female leaders to gain strength and resilience in their everyday working lives.
So let’s not only have a party once a year. Let’s really make every day International Women’s Day.