In a month where there are multiple organizations – including ours – celebrating women and their amazing achievements, I think it’s a good time to take stock on all we’ve accomplished as a gender over the years and some things we have not. These are not local or statewide or regional issues. It’s not just a situation in the United States or North America. These are global issues – localized.
In an effort to shine a light on some areas that still need work around the world, I’ve gathered this information from an article through Global Citizen that reflects multiple areas that have seen little advancement since the early 1900s. There are women in our community working toward the advancement of women’s issues. I applaud them and ask you to think about how you can help make our corner of the world a better place for the next generation of women.
We need to work on:
- Employment opportunities: Even in a country as wealthy and developed as the United States, women still experience major inequality in the workforce. By some estimates, women earn only 77 cents for every $1 earned by men. Globally, the gender gap is even wider.
- Maternal health: The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 800 women die every day from preventable, pregnancy-related causes. Lack of access to health care around the world puts women and their children in mortal danger.
- Gender-based violence: One in three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes, according to WHO. Whether it’s domestic abuse, rape or sexual trafficking, gender-based violence denies far too many women the opportunity to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
- Gender equality: Equality (or the lack thereof) is a recurring issue when it comes to women and girls, whether it’s unequal access to schooling for girls in developing countries or unequal pay for women in the workplace, there is a long way to go before we have a truly equitable society.
This month we reviewed 38 nominations for the good works women are doing in our community. While there are many worthwhile areas of focus, it makes me fulfilled and proud to know how committed the women in our community are. It will also be my pleasure to hear more about the amazing work of our keynote speaker, Laura Grannemann, at the Inspiration & Influence Awards.
Join Lauren Aitch and I on Oct. 18 when we give four awards to deserving women at Lansing’s Crowne Plaza on behalf of our community and the CAWLM readers.