International Women’s Day
OK, I got out the pink hair for this one.
After participating in the Women’s March in Calgary, I feel more hopeful that one day we will be able to say that women and men are treated equally. We still; however, have much work to do to eliminate violence against women and the gender pay gap and to see more women in the sciences. The “old boys clubs” still exist in some work environments and it saddens me that my daughter and step-daughter will have to continue to deal with this bias.
In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders. – Sheryl Sandberg
I feel extremely fortunate to have had many women in my life who have inspired me through their strength, compassion, intelligence, and support. My tribe has been there for me through good and bad times and I would not be where I am today without their guidance, encouragement, thoughtful questions and gentle nudges. Thank you to each of you!
The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all. -Aung San Suu Kyi
The significance of the pink hair you ask? I bought it when I was participating in a project to bring about cultural change in the workplace. It gave me a bit of a confidence boost and was a visual reminder that change can happen (how many pink haired accountants do you know 🙂 ).
Actions do speak louder than words and I will make a more informed decision to support companies which promote diversity. Celebrating women’s achievements is also an important way to focus on the positive and to build momentum. And I think my pink hair will be worn more frequently as a reminder that women have the power to do anything!