March 8, 2017 marks the 104th year that the world observes and celebrates International Women’s Day!
This year the theme of Women’s Day is Be Bold for Change, which kicks-off Women’s History month, which leads to think about and support the women who have meaningfully shaped our lives.
From our mothers, sisters, aunts, friends and neighbors to the women in our immediate communities — we have learned so much and have been inspired to think Big and be Bold.
The roots of this day come from Europe where monumental female change figures such as Joan of Arc, warrior and military leader fighting for freedom in the 15th Century, helped shape the course of history. Through the ages, women leaders have impacted multiple evolving fields – for instance, in science, Physics & Chemistry Nobel Laureate Marie Curie discovered radium and polonium that is now used in multiple industries including healthcare, textiles and energy.
Fast forward to the 21st Century, and women are increasingly leaders in every facet of life from Queens to CEOs. For instance, today’s modern women serve as technology leaders, such as Sheryl Sandberg (Chief Operating Officer of Facebook), manufacturing leaders such as Mary Barra (CEO of General Motors) or publishing / entertainment leaders such as J. K. Rowling (a self-made billionaire). In their own ways, these women leaders show us all how imagination is limitless, the value of creating shared visions and how together, we can make the world a better place.
International Women’s Day is more than a simple reminder of the women who have made our communities and our workplaces better throughout time. It also serves as a day to acknowledge the importance of learning about and celebrating these women leaders, past and present, that are serving as stewards to our societies and will help groom the leaders of the tomorrow.
Therefore, International Women’s Day highlights the importance of senior women mentoring their colleagues and the junior women in their companies, organizations, and communities. This organic and natural grooming process is a key part of overall leadership growth, which when shared as a bond and brought from a perspective of woman to woman brings strength and support to mentoring young, future women leaders.
Leadership is best cultivated every day at the office home or at school, by building bridges within a team, family or community.
Why? Because research shows that companies with women in the C-suite are more profitable. Families with strong female voices have children who believe possibilities are endless. Communities with strong female role models become more balanced and sustainable. Listening to different perspectives creates value. Because when women mentor each other in all settings, creativity, ideas and innovation flourish.
We celebrate International Women’s Day—because we are passionate about leadership.