We've come far, but we can do better!
March is Women's History Month in the U.S., and on March 8th countries throughout the world are celebrating the 100th International Women's Day.
An incredible amount of progress has been achieved for women over the last 100 years. In the U.S., a recent report released by the White House titled Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being shows that the number of women attending college and going into the workforce is closely equal to men. However, overall women still earn only 75% of what men earn. Women continue to struggle with issues such as balancing work and family commitments, succeeding in male-dominated workplaces, and being true to their own voice and dreams.
In other countries around the world, the working and living conditions of women varies widely. Some enjoy the near-equality found in the U.S. while others are still fighting a steep up-hill battle against wide-spread discrimination and violence.
Personally, I am very grateful to all the women who have gone before me who fought to bring about the changes in law and society that I enjoy today. They made many sacrifices, but most importantly they refused to accept conditions that were unacceptable. They envisioned a world of equality that didn't yet exist, and bit by bit made that world more of a reality.
We've come a long way, but we've still got some hurdles to jump. One of the biggest is the lack of financial equality. I believe that starts with financial education, which is why I created Rich Woman.
Today, I challenge you to ask yourself these two questions:
In what way(s) am I facing inequality in my life?
What can I do to succeed despite these inequalities?
Whatever you do, don't let the fact that life isn't fair hold you back from pursuing your dreams! Not only can you succeed, you can help pave the way for the women who will follow in your footsteps.
Here's to you!
Here are some links that may be of interest to you:
Women's History Month on The History Channel (U.S.)
Press Release for Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being report
Direct link to PDF report
International Women's Day website