Women, you have been instrumental in shaping the world we live in today! Happy Women’s History Month! My wonderful sisters you are remarkable, unique, talented, and enough just as you are.
Women have broken barriers in politics, business, science, equal rights, literature, chemistry, physics, sports, entertainment, and just about every social, economic and political movement or advancement we have witnessed. We recognize and celebrate the incredible achievements of women throughout history. This month is also a reminder that there is still much to be done to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women.
The focus on a woman’s appearance both implicitly and explicitly is oppression. Deconstruct harmful and marginalizing themes related to beauty. Stop the objectification of women. Stop pushing an unrealistic, unattainable, beauty standard on women. Body shaming is real. Stop indoctrinating our young women with messages and facial filters that support a fictional cookie cutter look.
Women are powerful, brilliant, brave, purposeful contributors in the world and worthy just as we are. Take up space, like Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, CEO’s Ursula Burns and Katharine Graham. Disability activist Marca Bristo. Founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke.
Businesses, stop with the ageism and sexism. Look for and hire talent. Empower women by seeing women as the exceptional leaders, advocates and change makers that we are. Pay us what we are worth.
You need women in your organization. and your organization needs to be a safe place for women to work, grow, and excel.
Any timeline of Women's History shows our ongoing fight to live free from violence and discrimination. To attain and sustain an acceptable level of physical and mental health. To have control over our bodies. To earn an equal wage. This ongoing struggle for equity, safety and parity is too often influenced by something as superficial as appearance.
We don't need liposuction, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, botox, fillers, filters or augmentations to get the work done. However, many of us feel we do. I remember losing 100 lbs. and suddenly becoming “visible.” Cosmetic surgery increased by 54% in 2021 in the U.S. https://lnkd.in/gtPjqptN.
The women in your organization are gifts. Individuals bringing a diverse combination of skills, emotional intelligence, strengths, and ideas. It's Women’s History Month. Study the history of women. Understand, manage and interrupt bias against women. Check your culture. If you need help, reach out. Learning Path, LLC can help.