What’s the significance of March 8th? It’s International Women’s Day (IWD).
It’s a time of the year where we can stop and celebrate the political, economic and social achievements of women and also draw attention to areas of the world where these feats are still not recognised. Despite having an even split in terms of the world population, women don’t share the same ratio in terms of the corporate hierarchy. This problem is systemic in all areas of society. Are half of the world’s political leader’s women? Hardly. If we were to look at pop culture and the decision makers within it, are half these people women? Nah!
Most would agree that the modern world, especially from a business perspective, moves at an exponentially fast rate. How do companies adjust to this ever changing landscape? Many would argue that diversity is key to making a successful business. Diversity can be boiled down to something as simple as offering a different opinion or approach to something. If we all think the same, then progress stalls. Unfortunately when we “fellas” get together we have a tendency to conform in our judgement, slap each other on the back and agree as to how great we are. It’s the old “boys club” way of thinking and it’s something that needs to die out. A balanced organisation of both men and women bring a different way of thinking and it offers that secondary point of view that will ultimately lead to a better approach/solution. This is what forces us as a team to be better, to innovate and to adapt. That’s why diversity is key to corporate success.
To mark IWD, we are lending our support by adopting their “Paint it Purple” initiative. Why purple?
“From 1908, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green to symbolise the plight of the Suffragettes. Purple symbolised justice and dignity - two values strongly associated with women's equality. The three colours were used for banners, flags, rosettes and badges to show solidarity.” This coming Friday, we will be coming to work dressed in something purple and making a donation of any of the following women's clothing items: Suits, shirts, new tights, shoes and handbags (all clean and washed obviously). This is in support of Dress For Success, a charity working to empower women on their journey to meaningful, paid employment and economic independence.
Now in its 104th year, the theme of this year’s IWD is #MakeItHappen. It’s the organisations initiative to help encourage effective action for advancing and recognising women. Here at Morgan McKinley we are very much a diverse organisation. We recognise that innovation is key to our success. It’s embodied in our values of commitment and embracing change. It’s what makes our business the success that it is today and it’s what will continue to make us a market leader for many years to come.
What's your International Women's Day 2015 theme? Show your support and let us know by tweeting the hashtag #MakeItHappen. Be sure to celebrate March the 8th and champion your organisation.