While we should celebrate women everyday, International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been, think about how we can continue to empower women today, and pave the way for women in the future. This year’s International Women’s Day comes at a time when women are pushing for change and equality through policy, regulations and societal movements. Women have come so far, but there is still work to be done. Now is the time to drive more action and conversations to ensure we reach a balanced future.
International Women’s Day was created to celebrate "the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women." #BalanceBetter is the hashtag dominating this year’s celebration, highlighting the push for a gender balanced society and eliminating bias on all fronts.
In order to continually move forward, it’s important to remember the extraordinary female leaders who have pushed for a balanced world, in both our professional and personal lives. As women who work in the media world, we look to women like Eleanor Roosevelt, who was the first to use the media, along with her status and platform, to promote social causes, and Dorothy Thompson, who impacted journalism by being one of the first women journalists to travel abroad. We also look to the women we’re working alongside of everyday, recognizing the work we’re all doing to move forward in the world.
As women continue to advance in their careers and all aspects of their lives, we’ll continue to see positive impacts in the media industry and business world overall. Everyday is a celebration of women and it’s a pivotal time to recognize the progress we’ve made and the progress to come.