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The message of International Women's Day is being lost to corporatisation, but the need for women's economic and social equity remains. Here's what your business can do.
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International Women’s Day 2023 was a day to celebrate women’s contributions across society (or to land your business in hot water for virtue signalling!). Its roots are in the women’s rights movement, born from the likes of campaigns for the right to vote and better work and pay conditions.
As IWD has become increasingly corporatised over the years, the strength of its message seems to have weakened; but the need for systemic change on economic and social equity remains. UN Women reports:
“Worldwide, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. As a result, there’s a lifetime of income inequality between men and women and more women are retiring into poverty. This stubborn inequality in the average wages between men and women persists in all countries and across all sectors…”
(On the UN theme of technology for this IWD: 44% of AI systems globally demonstrate gender bias and fewer than a third of tech workers are women.)
So, practically, what can you and your business do?
What's missing from our list? Or do you have a different viewpoint?
In other news:
Gill from the Pickle team recently spoke with Nate Bailey on the Championship Leadership podcast. Hear the origin story of The Business Pickle and the priority of progress over perfection when it comes to improving your business's impact on people and the planet. Listen here.
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