Gender Equality: Making Progress But #NotThere Yet

March 8th was International Women’s Day, and this year’s celebration made me think.

Make it happen! International Women's Day 2015

Making progress one day at a time thanks to ladies such as Maya Angelou.

It was inspirational to see the tweets, posts and updates across social media celebrating achievements by women. I f*cking love science‘s #WomenYouShouldHaveHeardOf campaign was downright educational. How many of these ladies did you learn about in school?

It was also a little dispiriting in 2015 that we still have such a long way to go. Glass ceilings and cliffs, gender stereotypes and marginalization are all alive and well today. Where do we go from here?

The good news (for women and men) is that more people than ever are discussing the problem, which is how problems are solved. Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, explained to Inc. why unfair gender norms around giving — where women are taken for granted while men are rewarded — are bad for businesses. Have two minutes? Listen here.

Elsewhere, the HeForShe movement is bringing together men and women in the push for gender equality worldwide. The movement’s goal is to “bring together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project

While we’ve made progress toward gender equality, the No Ceilings initiative reminds us that we’re #NotThere yet.

“Women’s rights are human rights.” -Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, co-founded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Clinton Foundation, is bringing a data-driven approach to gender equality. And the data shows that while significant gains have been made in women’s rights in the past two decades, we’re not there yet.

That was the topic discussed by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Melinda Gates during Not There Yet: A Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality, an event held on March 9th. Miss it? Watch it here.

Inching closer but not there yet… That seems to be the status of gender equality today. My hope? I want to live to see the day that we achieve true gender equality. An ambitious dream, but a worthwhile one.

Moving forward one day at a time,

Jaime

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How amazing can you be?

How amazing can you be?

Wisdom from the amazing Dr. Maya Angelou, an inspiration to us all. Rest in peace. Your words and actions will continue to have a positive impact for years to come. You truly were a phenomenal woman.

Phenomenal Woman
by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.