International Women's Day - March 8th

In 1902, Australia became one of the first nations to give women the right to vote and run for parliament. This made the country a pioneer for women’s rights in the eyes of the world. Not long after, many other countries followed suit, and it appeared that the world was beginning to accept women as having a voice in government and a place in the work force.

Why, then, is there still a wage gap? Why does the glass ceiling still exist? And why, with over two million managers and CEOs in the world, are only about 8% of them women?

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and this year the theme is #BeBoldForChange. Women all across the world struggle with a wide range of trials and tribulations, but we all have the power to help.

Causes such as Share the Dignity, Manly Women’s Shelter, Dress for Success, Weave Youth and Community Services, CARE Communities Fund, Life Changing Experiences Foundation, The Freedom Hub and The Lokahi Foundation all endeavor to support women of all ages both locally and internationally.

By supporting women in the workplace and outside of it, we can change the statistics. Men can be advocates for gender partnership and equality across all industries. We can all set examples to encourage the next generation of women and men to value genders equally.

I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard... we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.
— Malala Yousafzai

To be bold for change, we all must put our hands in to help. To put your hand in, have a look at all of the causes and campaigns that exist to create a better, more equal working world. Join thousands of people in signing the #BeBoldForChange pledge, and together, if we all mean what we say, we can change things.

Although rights and ideologies differ across the globe, empowerment is an international need.