Last week on Tuesday, March the 8th International Women’s Day became a trending topic throughout the social media channels and word of mouth. Millions of users joined in on the call for action, support and celebration of the social, political, and economic achievements of women. This year’s advocated focus and one I am passionate and hopeful about was the hastening for gender parity.
International Women’s Day (IWD) became a celebrated day in the early 1900s. During that time period the rise of the industrial world, the boom in population and the spread of radical ideas within society began to evolve. Fast forward to our present year of 2016. Our society has definitely upgraded for the better. Everyday we see an increase of more Women leaders within the workforce, who women like myself can look up to, learn from and envision ourselves one day leading similar roles. But don’t let this vision keep you from staying aware of the disappointing reality. Women have not yet gain true equality and respect.
The 50/50 equality mark has yet not been reach. Women are not represented in equal numbers to of our male counterparts throughout the government or in business and often experience pay discrimination in the workplace. Currently women heading full-time positions are earning 78 cents compare to a dollar for men. “The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white non-Hispanic man.” Another alarming fact mentioned in a report from the council of economic advisers was how the gender wage gap in the U.S. is 2.5 percent larger on average among other industrialized countries. An executive order with the hopes to prevent and abolish discrimination and the pay gap in the workplace was signed by President Obama and will become effective in 2017. Companies with 100 employees or more will be require to summit wage information broken down by gender and race to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” Gloria Steinem
This is not a declaration against the male gender, but a call for unity. Women’s causes shouldn’t be an issue that only women should work to correct. This is something that each and everyone should be responsible as human beings. Appreciation for women and respect must be engrave from childhood. I believe that this could help prevent the endless crimes against women occurring throughout the world everyday, every hour, every minute.
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