Today, International Women’s Day, is a celebration of the vast achievements and contributions of women around the world. Achievements and contributions that span social, economic, cultural, scientific, medical and political purviews. The day is a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

We have no doubt made great strides, but according to The World Economic Forum, we will not see gender parity in our lifetime or our children’s…estimating that the gap is a 100-year gap.

Why does gender parity matter? 

The ability for economies and societies to thrive requires the recognition and full and equal participation of women. Women comprise roughly 50% of the world’s population, so developing and bringing our talent and resources has a “huge bearing on growth, competitiveness and future-readiness of economies and businesses worldwide”.

If you consider the current state of the world’s readiness to address the global and economic challenges we face, it’s vital women’s contributions are equally engaged.

As we celebrate women’s achievements today and every day, I invite you to take this in:

In Sports: The NFL hired its first black woman official.

In Arts: The poet laureate for the 46th U.S. Presidential Inauguration was a 22-year-old woman.

In Entertainment: For the first time ever, the preponderance of nominations for Best Director of The Golden Globe Awards was women.

In Politics: Several groundbreaking “first ever” women are holding top positions: Treasury Secretary, Director of National Intelligence and of course Vice President.

In Science: For the first time ever, two women jointly won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

In Military: The first Black woman serves as U.S. Naval Academy brigade commander.

In Business: Record number of women are taking over Fortune 500 companies.

In Banking: A major U.S. Bank named its first woman ever to lead it.

There is no doubt that our contributions are significant and advantageous. And that these contributions are being more and more recognized, integrated into our most important initiatives and in some cases have created a global movement affecting the lives of everyone…think the Women’s March, think Malala Yousafzai, think Greta Thunberg, think Emma Gonzalez.

So as you make your way through International Women’s Day, today, I urge you to consider your achievements and aspirations.

And I invite you to think big and play big to bring your talent resources to bear and make the difference you wish to make. 

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