On March 8th during International Women’s Day (IWD), women around the world are celebrated for our economic, political, and social achievements. Although we continue to face political and social struggles, on this day people around the world reflect and discuss these issues in a more hopeful manner. But every day needs to be IWD – one day out of 365 is not enough to make the significant changes required for gender equality.
That said, this is a day to lift each other up and recognize that being a woman is a gift. I am so proud and feel extremely lucky to be a woman. And I cherish those things that make me different than men. I bonded with my children 9 months before my husband did. I feel a spectrum of emotions and at times express it outwardly, which makes me more empathetic (and we all know EI is the new IQ). Speaking of IQ, women have a higher IQ than men – read the research. All women know we tend to be better communicators – we can talk anything out before it escalates to an argument. If only our male counterparts had that same gift. And no one is better at the juggling act than us – career, kids, husband, life. The list is endless.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, EMC’s Women’s Leadership Forum will be at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, ringing the closing bell. I am proud to be President of this organization and I, along with our board and our members are painting the stock exchange purple. I can’t wait to share more with you in the coming days!
To all the ladies out there, Happy International Women’s Day. You are absolutely wonderful. Make sure you are celebrated today and every day because you deserve it.