How much can we really do?
Tomorrow is a significant day for many women, Weds 8th March is International Women’s Day: A campaign to promote equality – a better working, more inclusive, gender equal world. What are your thoughts on this?
As a keen business woman that started this business 10 years ago focused on empowering other women to feel more self confident, I’m wondering how far we have to go to promote gender equal responsibilities in life, not just the work place.
I’ve always been a touch feminist, although I wasn’t named after the great suffragette, I’ve been bred by strong independent women who raised my sister and I to believe we can do anything – we don’t need a man to do it for us. Whilst I am a strong supporter of this view, we still need the male species to procreate (more women of course) and quite frankly do the things women simply can not do.
However, a question I asked the team recently was “what has been your biggest challenge as a woman in life” the generic answer – To do it all.
To be everything to everyone.
To be everywhere at all times.
If you’re a mother you’ll associate with this more so, but it left me thinking – let’s propose that as International Womens Day stats suggest – we won’t close the gender equality gap until 2186, what then? Not only do we have to do it all – will we have more expected of us? Surely we’re doing IT ALL already.
Mother nature suggests a woman is the best person for some things, the man for others….by closing the gap does that mean that men do all the crap that WE as women HAVE do? Or are we considering closing the gap to add more to our ever growing workload? Hmmmm. It’s left me pondering. I’m a busy life juggling sole parent myself and really don’t have time to ponder for too long of course but I’m keen to hear your views on this one. Is it just me?
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