Updated: May 25
The million dollar question and the billion dollar blockage!
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
The 8th of March is International Women's Day, a global day where we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. A day when we raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
Although, a day like this is proof that conscious shifts are starting to evolve, the truth is, we still have a long way to go.
As a female that has grown up in a patriarchal social system, I am luckily that most of the challenges I have faced have been in a work and business environment.
There are many societies around the world where women aren’t even allowed to be educated or go to work, so I write this from a place of privilege.
At the age of 23, I was promoted as manager within a large health club organisation and my career looked a lot like this:
Male: “I would like to speak to the manager about this?”
Me: “I am the manager”
Male: “But, you’re a girl?”
As a woman in a position of power, I felt like I was constantly fighting much harder than my male counterparts. I became so tired of the sexist comments and unconscious bias that surrounded me constantly, that eventually I decided to walk away from management with the motivation to become my own boss. I wanted to create a working environment, where I wasn’t penalised for being a female and where my voice was equally respected.