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#MakeItHappen —> Women are Changing the Face of Power!

Mar 7, 2015

InternationalWomensDayTomorrow is International Women’s Day – representing an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media all celebrate the day.

As we celebrate the 107th annual International Women’s Day, below are a few examples of the notable progress women have made and how women are changing the face of power and wielding influence to positively impact all aspects of our globally-connected world.

  • Political Powerhouses:  Women’s representation in Washington is at an all time high, with women making up nearly one fifth of the 114th Congress.
  • Billionaires on the Rise:  2015 was a record-breaking year for women on Forbes annual ranking of the World’s Billionaires. In just three years, the number of female billionaires on the list has grown by 90%, with 197 women represented in this year’s ranking.
  • Entrepreneurs Trending:  Women continue to be one of the most dynamic engines of economic growth in this country. The latest Open State of Women-Owned Business report estimated that there are now over 9 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that generate over $1.4 trillion in revenue and 7.8 million jobs.
  • Driving the Bottom Line: Research has continued to show strong links between female representation on corporate boards and a company’s improved financial performance.
  • From the Playing Field to the Corner Office:  It’s been more than 40 years since the passage of Title IX, and the benefits of having more young girls and women play competitive sports continues to extend far beyond their athletic endeavors. A recent study by EY of more than 400 female executives around the world found that the majority of women holding C-level positions played sports at an advanced university level.

There’s no question that significant barriers to women’s advancement remain intact.  According to Forbes, while women clearly still face significant obstacles in achieving the gender parity we all hope for, this shouldn’t completely overshadow the huge strides women are making as leaders, innovators, and money-earners. In fact, we are breaking new ground in every industry and closing, albeit slowly – the infamous wage gap every year.

 

Source: InternationalWomensDay.com, Forbes.com

 

 

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