05 March 2018 | Vic O'Farrell
Vic O'Farrell, managing director at Motivational Voice, says the industry needs movements such as #PressforProgress, the hashtag driving 2018's International Women's Day campaign.
This year celebrates 100 years of women having the right to vote. While much has changed since then, we still need movements such as #PressforProgress, the hashtag driving 2018's International Women's Day campaign.
It seems crazy that women have to argue so vociferously for equality in the workplace and in society when we have had great examples of women leaders. The year 1901 saw the culmination of Queen Victoria's 64-year reign, the longest-reigning monarch until our Queen. These are two amazing examples of how women have been role models, brought up families and gave their lives to service.
In 1913, Emily Wilding Davison ran in front of the king's horse at the Epsom Derby and died protesting for women's rights. Sadly, I know women who didn't even vote in the last election! #Shameonyou
During two world wars women worked to keep the nation going while many men died. Martin Luther King Jr gave his "I have a dream" speech to 250,000 people, yet it took 45 more years for the US to elect Barack Obama as the first black president.
I mention this because I always thought change was meant to move faster as time goes by. But Obama and the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report tell a different story. The WEF report puts gender parity more than 200 years away.
It has been a year of talk on the gender pay gap. We want women in senior roles yet all along the career ladder we have to argue about equal pay. Maybe we don't do it enough. Just so you know, you can't be fired for asking for a pay rise.
We may play different roles from men, but we are equally able, with equal rights and we should all stand up for them.
Employers, please do not insult us by offering unequal salaries. Women, let's support those around us and, in turn, be supported. And let's take this conversation off the table.
To borrow some wisdom from Oprah Winfrey: "Think like a Queen. A Queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness."
Vic O'Farrell is managing director of Motivational Voice Ltd
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