March the 8th is the International Women’s Day, and in the March blog, Seconde Nimenya shares how far women around the world have come, and how far they still need to go.
The saying used to be: “Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman.”
But I was pleasantly amazed, and equally surprised when I heard an African leader say the same phrase, but differently. He said: “Beside every successful man, there is a strong woman!”
Unfortunately, this sentiment of promoting women is not echoed all around the world. Even in this 21st century, people sometimes worry that promoting women too much might cause them to become “men”. The fear that if women have more power in governments and corporations, they might start acting like men, and less motherly or nurturing, is immensely palpable in many households and workplaces around the world.
Overall, women still have a long way to go. From being denied education, to being forced into child marriage, many girls around the world are not being empowered to become strong women. And thus, the cycle of poverty and different abuses on women worldwide continue.
Yes, progress has been made when it comes to women’s rights in the Western World. Today, the workplace has numerous programs to empower women, yet, women are still underpaid compared to their male counterparts. Now, we can beat around the bush when it comes to pay equity with different viewpoints; but, women still have a long way to go to bridge the payroll gap in the West as well.
- For one, women shouldn’t want to be men! Women are not created to act, think, and behave like men. Women don’t do a good job at being men, so, let’s stick to being who we are.
- Equal rights and equal opportunity for men and women shouldn’t drive a wedge between men and women.
- Is the world ready for a woman president? I think so! But how we are going about it might take more time than we initially thought.
- Are women better or worse leaders? You tell me! Most people think women being emotional beings is a negative trait; but many studies focused on this very issue have found that when women are in key leadership positions, there is overall good management, and wellbeing for the entity they lead.
This isn’t to say that all women are good leaders! Just like not all men are good leaders! But it is simply to say that when women are given more opportunities to lead, they lead from the heart, and the heart doesn’t lie.
- Can women issues be solved just by women? No. We need men and women to solve gender inequalities together!
Every leader that uplifts women around the world should be celebrated. When women are empowered, the whole world benefits. Let’s not hide strong women behind successful men, but instead, put strong and successful women beside successful men!