Have you ever thought about what a #DayWithoutAWoman really looks like?
No one to clothe you or maybe just give you a gentle (annoying to you at the time) reminder to put on a coat when it's cold outside because you're so eager to play, no one to wipe away your tears when she's the only woman in the world who really understands. Or perhaps not even something for you personally, but to hand you that diploma that you worked so hard for, reach out her hand to shake yours in offering you the job, polish your toes or hands for a brief respite or make that sandwich to sustain you the rest of the day.
With 74.6 million women in the civilian workforce, 39 percent of women work in jobs where women comprise three-quarters of the workforce, women own close to 10 million business accounting for $1.4 trillion(!) in revenue, and even the females who have served our country still continue their service in our work force (3 out of 10 currently work as government workers). Did you also know that 70 percent (yes 70) of mothers with children under 18 are in the work force and are the primary sole earners for 40 percent of their households, compared with only 11 percent in 1960? (Credit: https://blog.dol.gov/2017/03/01/12-stats-about-working-women).
Today's social media movement was staggering and exciting to see. As the CEO and Founder of a Woman-Owned and Operated business here at Heart and Soul PR, Inc. I created Heart & Soul PR, Inc. after a long stint in an influential agency career because - like the gap we see in the workforce now - whether that's equal pay for equal work (across the board, gender indiscriminate), or simply having our collective values, contributions and ideas recognized and respected in the workplace -- to provide an opportunity, a home rather, for clients of all backgrounds, small, medium or large, who also deserve a chance for their voice to be heard, their brand to resonate and their story to be told.
Today as I grow even more and reach even higher in year two of my independently owned and operated business, I am grateful and continue to give thanks for all those in my world and in my power circle, personally and professionally, who have stood behind me, beside me, walked hand in hand, hugged me when the tears flowed or when I thought "maybe this is too hard," because they are the ones that truly saw and see my potential, stepping out as a woman independently and what it truly means as a #DayWithoutAWoman.
On this International Women's Day today, may we all take time to say thank you, give a hug, a polite smile, handshake, pat on the back, write a thank you note or whatever simple gesture resonates with you,to the women that shape and shaped our lives, our careers and ultimately give us the inspiration to continue to rise out of bed each day with the opportunity and motivation to change the world around us. Thank you, ladies, and thank you men, thank you to all who support women and our value to the world and the workplace. Happy International Women's Day to all.