Happy Women’s History Month! As a female led company with an all-female staff, of course we’re more than excited to celebrate such an important month.
Did you know…
Globally the female labour force participation rate is just under 47%. For men, it’s 72%. That’s an average of 25% deficit, some places reaching more than 50% difference. Why is this important? These women most of the time do not have a choice in whether they work or not. The freedom to choose to work in a safe environment is a human right (The gender gap in employment: What’s holding women back?, 2022).
Employing women has a significant impact on global GDP
In 2014, around 20% of SMEs in the UK were majority women-led while generating £85 billion GVA for the UK non-financial business economy. (Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, n.d.)
The ongoing inequality women face every day is why it’s so important for women to uplift one another, have strong idols, and pursue their dreams.
The theme of International Women’s Day is to #BreakTheBias which women do every single day. Let’s look at some women who inspires millions everyday.
Women who #BreakTheBias
Angela Merkle – She is often regarded as the most powerful woman in the world; could she be more inspirational? Trained as a scientist and later developing a passion for politics, she leads one of the most powerful countries in the world. Balancing a political career, marriage, and being funny is some of the many reasons she deserves the praise she gets. Angela Merkel personifies the #BreakTheBias movement.
Malala Yousafzi – If feminism had a face, Malala would be a more than worthy candidate. Everyone knows her story. Fighting for her human right to access education. Since the tragic beginning of her story, she has since attended Oxford University studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE). She is a co-founder of the Malala Fund aims to provide solutions to barriers to education for girls.
Ways to get involved in Women’s History Month
Armed with facts and inspiration, lets take a look at how to participate and celebrate Women’s History Month.
Embrace your womanhood and your femininity
First things first, womanhood and femininity are whatever you want them to be. The true essence of embracing your womanhood is to look after yourself. Make sure you’re the best person you can be, as ambitious as you can be, as successful as you can be. Looking after your physical and mental health is the best way to embrace being yourself!
In my opinion, I suggest you have a wine and dine night with the girls after a long hard day of retail therapy and an exhausting session at a spa (You deserve it!)
Teach yourself the real, unadulterated history of women
Educating yourself on what it means to be a woman today means understanding how our foremothers fought for us. Once we understand the history behind the movement, we understand how to move forward. Here are some great books for women’s history month: Women’s History Month Book List | Women For Women
Donating and raising awareness
Donating is always a great way to support the work you believe in. There are so many amazing groups that help women globally. If donating is not an option now, spreading awareness of different charities you believe in, is another amazing way to get involved. A great organisation we work with is Lyra: an organisation committed to helping end poverty with education.
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Ilo.org. 2022. The gender gap in employment: What’s holding women back?. [online] Available at: <https://www.ilo.org/infostories/en-GB/Stories/Employment/barriers-women> [Accessed 22 February 2022].
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, n.d. Contribution of women-led and MEG-led businesses to the UK non financial economy. p.3.