Shelf Talk Blog Guest Post

Author: Danielle McIver - Past President of the Women's Business Network of Peterborough.

Confidence. Power. Elegance. Respect. A few of the words I think of when I reflect on the females that have influenced me in life. They’re our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, our aunts, our grandmothers, our bosses, our leaders, our friends. We love them, we cherish them, we are them.

We feel the presence and the impact of the women in our lives every day. So what can we do on International Women’s Day to celebrate them?

This year, on IWD, take the time to consider the efforts women have made before you, in social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. Women have been fighting to be recognized for their efforts and achievements for decades. They continue fighting for equality even today, to be seen and heard as equals. That is why International Women’s Day is just as important today as it was upon its inception in 1911.

Here are a few ideas where your voice can make a difference, on IWD and beyond.

  • If you work with women, speak up for gender equality in your workplace. If you’re friends with a mother, respect her as a caregiver as much as you would respect her as a Fortune 500 CEO.
  • If you’re a business owner or employer, ensure you are providing equal opportunity in your company. In any situation, speak up to end misogyny when it enters a conversation.
  • Educate your children, girls AND boys, on the issues affecting gender equality as early as you can.
  • Encourage the females in your life to take leadership roles, positions of power and a seat at the table - any table, all the tables!

Women supporting women is powerful. I’ve seen it first hand through the Women’s Business Network (WBN), as a member, as a Board of Director and as President of the organization. Don’t underestimate the power of what a word of encouragement can do to spark the amazing strength of a female.

Here are some great resources for all ages to help you celebrate IWD. 

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