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Being bold for change: BlueNotes on #IWD2017

To celebrate International Women’s day, all week BlueNotes will be guest edited by experienced journalist and author Catherine Fox. We’ll be publishing content on women, their experience in the workplace and the future of equality as the world looks to #beboldforchange. We hope you enjoy it. #IWD2017

With International Women’s Day again the focus of events and media coverage across Australia – and the world - there will no doubt be discussion about what it achieves. And whether eventually there will be enough parity between the sexes to make the commemoration redundant.

" Having a traditionally significant day to highlight the cause helps reinforce and affirm the core [equality] agenda."
Catherine Fox, Author, journalist and BlueNotes guest editor

Obviously the efforts to help close the gender gap continue all year on different fronts but having a traditionally significant day to highlight the cause helps reinforce and affirm the core agenda.

And even if the gap is closed one day – the World Economic Forum suggests the year 2100 at the current rate – we’d still need IWD.

What we are marking on March 8 is an historic, successful and largely non-violent human rights movement.

We should never forget nor stop commemorating the bold efforts and legacy of women the world over to bring us the rights we have today. To vote, get an education, earn equal pay (theoretically at least) and keep our own money, to get a divorce, and have agency over our own lives.

As many events in the world remind us right now, boldness and eternal vigilance are needed to protect some of these fundamental rights and to remember the strong evidence showing the economic upside from closing the gender gap.

Those campaigns for women’s rights we remember on IWD were led by brave and resourceful women. They were also won after men, powerful men, became partners and supporters of change.

Many of these themes are reflected in this issue’s articles and commentary, ranging from women in IT to the international picture on closing the gender gap, how women’s voices need to be heard, and the role of men.

That’s something I have particularly examined in my latest book, “Stop Fixing Women: why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business”. 

It sets out a new business case (built on 30 years of research and interviews with experts and executives from around the world) for using the time, money and attention wasted on trying to ‘fix’ women into male norms to changing biased rules and practices by engaging the men who still largely run the show.

The result? More productive, happier and healthier workplaces for everybody. That’s something that celebrating IWD reminds us is worth fighting for: persistently and boldy.

Catherine Fox is an author, journalist and guest editor of BlueNotes

BLUENOTES FULL COVERAGE OF #IWD2017

Blaming women for their own marginalisation doesn’t make much sense.

CATHERINE FOX
Author, journalist & BlueNotesguest editor
 
 

We speak to three information security professionals about their experiences in the industry and how they found success.

CATHERINE FOX
Author, journalist & BlueNotesguest editor

Everyone has a role to play in ensuring equality in science. Could STEM be the new black?

MATT NICOL 
BlueNotes contributing editor

Lack of programs aimed at actively advancing careers of women hurting progress.

TAMMY MEDARD
Head of Diversified Industrials & Global Subsidiaries Australia, ANZ

Everyone has a role to play in ensuring equality in science. Could STEM be the new black?

YOOMI JUN
Author, UN Women

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Fighting parental leave does employers no favours. What are the facts behind the argument? 

FIONA SMITH
Leadership journalist

 

The art in this story - and our entire IWD coverage - was illustrated by Sarah Wilkins.

The views and opinions expressed in this communication are those of the author and may not necessarily state or reflect those of ANZ.

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