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Global movements to support women in business and education

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Dallas Boyd
Dallas Boyd
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I am increasingly inspired by movements to support women in business and education. Women make up 50% of the world’s population so you´d think it´d be a no-brainer to include them in the global economy. Although we might have come a long way since the 1950´s, when “The Good Wife´s Guide” was busy instructing women to act like doormats and put men on pedestals, we still have a long way to go. Most of our fathers were born before the 1950´s and as such, many of the men we work for, the clients we cater to, and the business competitors in our field, may still harbor the (not so carefully masked) belief that we´d better be seen looking pretty, than heard.   

There are constant reminders that we still have to keep pushing. When Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head at 15 years old, all the cowards did was expose their greatest fear -girls with books and brains. Saudi Arabia may be the only country in the world that bans women from driving, but women use social media to connect and campaign against the ridiculous rule… and the authorities become a joke

Social media has the advantage of allowing us all to find a common ground, to connect, share understanding and think “wow, she´s just like me!” So now we have more modern day heroines than ever before emerging from the woodwork, and once the floodgates are open, there´s no turning back. As stated in The Economist, “Forget China, India and the internet: economic growth is driven by women.”  Women with more financial resources are proven to use their income differently to men. They are more likely to invest back into their families and education, creating healthier societies. Christmas is coming up – this book would make a GREAT stocking filler!!! 

The best thing about the movement is that it´s so easy to get involved. And the reality is, you really should - “you snooze, you lose.” I recently attended the Second Annual Forum in Costa Rica for Women´s Enterprises Connect International. The theme of the event was “Incorporating Women´s Enterprises in Global Value Chains.” Which is a mouthful, I know, but it made me feel very important saying it to my family. The networking was invaluable… plus you get the “warm fuzzies” engaging with mentors, consultants, professional coaches and other leaders who are dedicated to empowering others to reach their goals.

The Girl Rising movement (and try watching this without getting teary)  campaigns for girls education and reminds us that “one girl with courage is a revolution.”  If it just takes one girl with courage to inspire positive change in others – what happens if we all stand up?

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