One of my favourite days to reflect on in the annual calendar is today – International Women’s Day (IWD).
IWD celebrates women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women's Rights and International Peace.
We all have wonderful women in our lives, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunties, friends, work colleagues. Many of us have the privilege of influencing our women of the future through our daughters, nieces, granddaughters and even work colleagues and associates.
This year’s International Women's Day theme is #ChooseToChallenge
What an appropriate tagline after the year that has been and particularly powerful in light of the changes required of our leaders in Parliament.
Interesting statistics (in Australia):
50.2% of our population is female.
47.2% of the workforce is female.
92.5% of women have attained year 12 qualifications (compared to 87.5% of men).
48.3% of women have a bachelor degree or above (compared to 36.1% of men).
18.3% of women are CEOs, 32.5% of women hold key management positions.
55.1% of people receiving an aged pension are women.
At Matthews Steer the backgrounds of our women are multi-faceted. Some are raising (or have raised) children and grandchildren, some also manage the home, support elderly or sick parents or support their family businesses. Some have immigrated from other countries, and for some, English is their second language.
From this fantastic platform of skills, experience, capability and wisdom we can draw on a great depth in diversity to help found and formulate who we are, how we think, and how we do business.
As women in business, I choose to challenge each of us to harness ALL of the capability at our disposal today!
Our future is in our hands.
I am passionate about empowering each of us to have a voice.
Our voice is an extension of our story – the world through our lens –our own unique view of reality.
Hearing another voice is hearing another opinion, another point of view that we often cannot see ourselves, another new and interesting perspective.
Our voice contributes energy, validity and enrichment.
We need to use our voice to express curiosity, to present an alternative perspective, or to challenge an opinion.
Don’t leave a conversation wishing you had shared something – a valuable insight that could change our direction or deepen our understanding!
Use your voice when it matters – for the good and to care and support – not to put others down or judge them.
If you think your voice doesn’t matter – it does. But it takes courage – a lot of courage – to start using your voice. If you have trouble finding your voice, find someone who can help you and support you to assert yourself and be heard.
Imagine your business when every person is able to have their voice.
Help build better businesses by bringing your voice every day.
Individually we are never the smartest person in the room.