Today marks the 101st celebration of Women’s day globally. Last year, I reminded us to examine how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. I paid homage to women who fought for their rights over 100 years ago to make our lives much more easier and fulfilling, and also called us all to action to continue to fight for the future of our daughters. Hilary Clinton summarized it well when she said “I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” in an interview last year.
However, this time I want to focus on our inner self. And I will like to start with a question.
How often do women help women? How often do we say, let me support that woman’s business, she is my friend and she works really hard. Do we take it upon ourselves to mentor the upcoming women in our organization while setting them up for success? When was the last time you gave a valuable advice to younger women in your community on how to aim high, and offer them tools to achieve their goals?
I am hoping that you have answered yes to at least one of these questions. As former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s oft-repeated quote goes: “I think there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
Here is a chart I found on CNN this morning on the percentage of women leading the boardroom. It’s a damn shame that women even with the high level of knowledge, multiple degrees, emotional intelligence and leadership are yet to shatter the glass ceiling.
I want us all to think back to those women that have helped us in the past. Those women who stood up for us, gave us valuable advice, helped us out when we needed emergency childcare, mentored us at work when we had to learn the ropes or were lobbied for our promotion and career success.
I hope that you will be able to remember these women and join me in celebrating them. I also hope that you will continue on your journey in helping other women succeed in your workplace, circle of friends, and community.
In what ways have you helped other women develop?