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International Women's Day 2018 - 8th March

How can women push for progress, wage parity and gender equality?
International Women's Day 2018 - 8th March

International Women's Day 2018

Today 8th March marks International Women's Day. The theme for 2018 is Press for Progress but what does that mean?

Although progress has been made over the last 50 years and women are becoming more outspoken with movements like #metoo and #timesup being used as a platform to advocate for change, there are many women who feel less powerful, less bold and still questioning where their efforts making any headway.

To that end the World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap Report predicts that gender parity is 200 years away and that on average in the NT, women are paid 18.9% less than men for comparable jobs. This is a comparison which is based on like for like and has had adjustments made for women who only work part time.

Margie Warrell, best selling author, international speaker and journalist, in a piece for Forbes Magazine published on the 16th February 2018, has some advice for women on five ways they can push for progress.

Margie writes "In my interactions with people around the world, it’s been my consistent experience that women doubt themselves more and back themselves less than many men. Coined the 'gender confidence gap,' this lack of self-belief drives many (though not all) women to hold back from putting themselves forward, speaking up, negotiating for more, throwing their hat into the ring and pursuing, much less claiming, their seat at the table.

This 'belief gap' cannot be closed overnight, but it will never be bridged if women wait to feel as confident as men or just as self-assured as they would like to be.  My challenge to women: run a little experiment with yourself. Just for a day, go about your work as a self-assured woman to be reckoned with, every bit capable as any man of wielding power and leading bold change. Notice what possibilities open up. Observe how it shifts your interactions. Then tomorrow, do the same"

To read more of Margie's insightful piece for Forbes, please follow this link

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