Today is International Women’s Day and I’m proud to say that now, more than ever, organizations and leaders are making a real difference in how women are welcomed for their ideas, innovation and passion in their industries. We’ve come a long way in bringing women into leadership roles from when I joined the workforce in the 1990’s. While not perfect just yet, the number of women leaders is on the rise and the way that schools are recruiting women into traditionally male-dominated professions is increasing. This means that as leaders and whole organizations, we need to encourage our daughters to study and enter STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.
According to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, “Supporting women STEM students and researchers is not only an essential part of America’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world; it is also important to women themselves. Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. And STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board.”
It has been eye-opening to see some of the resources shared online via social media. One of the first, and most impressive, celebrations of women was the Infor video I’m sharing here today. Led by Pam Murphy, COO of Infor, the video highlights real women in HR technology and the women who inspire them.
There are still so many women who are not getting into the technology field, so it makes me happy to see that Infor encourages women in tech. By recognizing, developing and helping these women shine in a male-dominated field, Infor guides the way on how other organizations can do better.
Another resource I’d like to highlight today is my friend, Lois Melbourne. Lois is currently the Chief Story Officer of My Future Story. With a background as a CEO in a HR technology company, Lois is on a mission to bring education around STEM careers to more children. She is doing this through a series of books and an app (coming soon!). I encourage you to check out the first book here. I know she is already inspiring my junior high aged children to think more about STEM careers.
The last resource I’ll share is an article on the Huffington Post site. They offer up the opportunity to learn more about 11 new books written by women. I encourage you to check them out.
What are you or your organization doing to help promote International Women’s Day? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!