Every year on March 8th, we celebrate International Women's Day. Women's accomplishments are highlighted on this day, ever since 1911. Not only that, but today is a call to emphasize gender equality more, as well as a call to raise awareness about it. As stated in the article, International Women's Day 2022: History, this year's theme. All you need to know, by Live Mint, the theme for this year's Women's Day is #BreakTheBias.
It is certainly not enough to honor women on a single day, but rather on a daily basis. She's a mother, a daughter, a sister, a lover, a friend, but most importantly, she's a woman who does everything for herself first. We've all heard how women have long suffered inequities in employment positions, pay, and being acknowledged for their efforts and achievements.
Even if women have not achieved perfect equality, there are still positive statistics on gender equality. So let us take a minute to rejoice in the encouraging numbers and the progress women have achieved!
Women are currently playing an increasingly crucial role in business. Despite the fact that they are still a long way from gender equality and moving at a slower pace, many women have founded their own enterprises to be self-sufficient, while others have advanced to high positions. In fact, as mentioned in Women in The Workplace 2021 by McKinskey, “compared with men at the same level, women are doing more to support their teams and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.”
According to KPMG’s Women Study Report, 69% of women want to be part of initiatives and push themselves at work. Also, did you know that women make up the majority of social workers? According to the Department of Labor, 98% of speech-language pathologists, 60% of pharmacists, and 69 percent of physical therapists are female.
When we talk about working women, we can't help but think about working mothers. We've recently observed an upsurge in the number of mothers working, particularly as a result of the pandemic. Many women can now care for their children and families while also pursuing their careers. In reality, 70% of moms with children under the age of 18 are employed, and 75% of mothers with children under the age of 18 have full-time jobs. Not only that, but as per The Department of Labor's Women's Bureau, the major or single earners in 40% of homes with children under the age of 18 are women. In 1960, that percentage was only 11%.
What a difference it is now, compared to years ago, to see women working and pursuing their education, whether it be a bachelor's, master's, or PhD. Many women have started their own businesses, risen through the hierarchy, and attained positions that were formerly reserved for men.
On this Women's Day, rest assured that you are capable of attaining all of your goals. Be are aware and remind yourself of your own strength, capability, and accountability. Continue to be inspired and motivated to fight for your rights. May we celebrate you today and every day. Happy International Women’s Day!