International Women's Day (March 8) is a global recognition of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is also an annual call to action for accelerating gender parity, as evidenced by this year's theme, #BalanceforBetter. The theme underscores the need for gender balance in the workplace and government, gender balance in media and sports coverage, a balance in the distribution of wealth, and gender balance in all other areas of society.
When I published this blog last year, the response was overwhelming, which can only mean that this topic is emotive, and resonates with many of us. It’s also why I was motivated to refresh it to keep the conversation going.
Symantec supports TechWomen and a gender-balanced tech industry
By Eileen Brewer, Director in Product Development, Symantec
Today is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme #BalanceforBetter focuses on how gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
Celebrating 30 years of the Women’s Business Ownership Act
Given that the number of women-owned businesses has grown at nearly four times the rate of men-owned firms over the past 20 years — 28.5% vs. 7.5% — it’s nearly incomprehensible that just 30 years ago a woman needed a male cosigner to obtain a business loan. That all changed in 1988 with the passage of H.R. 5050, the Women’s Business Ownership Act, a piece of landmark legislation that is the bedrock for policies, programs and public/private initiatives that continue to support businesswomen today.
Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer
“The need to touch lives and improve the living condition of women and girls in disadvantaged communities inspires me every day,” said Chukwudera Bridget Okeke, Board Member of Concern Women International Development Initiative.
Globally, women play a powerful role in sustainability. Across countries, organizations and communities, women make a substantial, positive contribution to growth and innovation, while also impacting environmental and social crises. This still-emerging and significant influence is one reason the United Nations prioritizes gender equality and women’s empowerment as one of its 17 interrelated Sustainable Development Goals.
Equality through sustainable development benefits all
For every $1 donated through Benevity’s Community Impact Portal, the company will double the impact by matching 100% of the donation
On International Women’s Day over the last couple of years, Benevity has made an effort to be intentional about recognizing the importance of gender equality, both at our company and in the broader community.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Gildan is launching a new blog series entitled “Hear Her Story” which will allow readers to meet women behind the scenes of Gildan’s success and get a glimpse of their #LifeatGildan.