International Women’s Day 2022 #BreakTheBias

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Today is International Women’s Day, the global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

A celebration born of protest

It’s important to remember though, that #IWD didn’t originate as a celebration. It came from a place of protest. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City, demanding better pay, shorter hours and voting rights and a movement was born. Since then, the world has witnessed a significant attitudinal shift towards women’s equality. With more women in the boardroom, increased visibility of female role models, and greater legislative parity, one could imagine, at a glance, that women have come close to gender equality.

However, the reality is that there is still much work to be done before true equality is achieved. Even now, women are not paid as much as their male counterparts, are inadequately represented in business and politics, and suffer globally from violence and poorer educational and health outcomes than men.

Gender inequality – a data snapshot

To highlight a few statistics, the Report of the UN Secretary-General (December 2019) revealed that only 24.9% of parliamentarians globally were women, just under 7% of Fortune 500 CEOs were female and of the 900 individuals awarded Nobel Prizes since its inception in 1901, only 53 have been women. Put simply, it’s not good enough. We’re calling time on inequality. Let’s forge ahead with achieving the goals that began with that original movement, born more than 100 years ago.

#BreakTheBias

This year’s International Women’s Day theme #BreakTheBias asks us to “imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.” It calls on us to break the bias in our communities, our workplaces and our places of learning and is as much about creating change for future generations as striving for gender parity now.

Business leaders can help #BreakTheBias at an organisational level by using our ground-breaking digital tool, SeeMe. Providing deep level diversity insights, SeeMe will help you truly see your people and to create a working environment that supports a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging.

IWD in a post-Covid world

In a gender landscape shaped so dramatically by Covid-19, International Women’s Day feels more salient than ever. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021, the pandemic has increased the global gender gap by a generation, meaning that gender parity has shifted from about a century away (99.5 years) to 135.6 years, and with the full impact of Covid yet to be felt, the gap may grow further still.

We are proud to have a female strong leadership team and a female Managing Director, this is part of our commitment to support women in their careers and into leadership roles. This week three of our female Glassmoon Services colleagues have been promoted to team leaders and last month our Operations Director, Kerry Libby was promoted to Managing Director. Read Kerry’s blog about her promotion here.

Part of our strategy at Glassmoon is to attract all genders to come and work in our sector. This is reflected in the data that we pulled from SeeMe. It shows that we have a female strong workforce at 78%, but a higher % of men (22%) than the sector average (18%).

Learn more about SeeMe and the work we do here.