Choose to Challenge this Women’s Day
It is strange that it was only in the last century when women were formally acknowledged in the political arena. Moreover, they had to march the streets for it—to make it clear to the powers that be that our ideas and votes on things beyond domestic life are valuable.
While the world still needs to work on improving systems for gender parity, women continue to make great strides in the fields once dominated by men: science, medicine, politics, engineering, law, sports, tech and more. We celebrate International Women’s Day every March to continue to rally behind the changes we want to see and herald women’s achievements.
On a global level, an international organization spearheads an awareness campaign which you can easily join by sharing content on social media. This year’s theme is: #ChoosetoChallenge. Note that you don’t need to be a woman to support women empowerment. So, go ahead: raise that hand and post a selfie.
More importantly, do your part in making your workplace a more inclusive place. The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 reveals that although women already make up over half of the world’s talent, it will take another 99.5 years to attain gender equality in the workplace. How do we accelerate this? Let us nominate more women for executive roles. Invest in women-owned businesses. Diversify our networks. Collaborate with new people. Report inappropriate behavior. And, if you know that it is already due you, ask for that raise or promotion.
On a personal level, we can show our appreciation to the women who have paved the way for our own successes. She comes in many forms: teacher, mentor, best friend, partner, mother, or even all of the above. If you’ve always struggled with the timing for your gratitude, now is a good time to write her a letter, give her a call, pay her a visit (if protocols allow, of course), or send her a gift; might we suggest a massage treatment.
Massage MNL has specialized and premium massages that can match a woman’s needs across the different stages of her life whether it is pampering, muscle relief, detoxing, and even pre- and post-natal soothing. Our mompreneur founder made sure that clients receive the utmost care by working only with trained and certified massage therapists. Moreover, all of our therapists are female—our way of building other women up.
The 21st century is a kinder (although not yet the kindest) time for women as it has more open doors for us. And maybe some of these open doors are not meant for us to step through, but for more people to see that we’ve been phenomenal in various spaces all along.