International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the achievements of women. The day also encourages us to accelerate women’s equality.
And this year’s theme is “Break the Bias”. Whether that be unconcsious or otherwise, we’re called upon to:
“Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.”
What an opportunity (or responsibility) we have as parents, teachers, relatives and friends to educate and inspire others (and particularly our children) about gender equality!
I recently had the priveledge of working on a powerful and much needed project on this topic. It made me realise just how much it means to me to do work that contirbutes to a better life for people. You could call it a heart-centred business. Not for a long while have I felt quite so embedded in my work and wanted it to go beyond success for the good of then women we were supporting with it.
Anyway, back to breaking the bias! There are so many great books out there to inspire our kids and this is a particular favourite at the moment.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World is a gorgeous hardback showcasing extraordinary woman. It showcases 50 notable women who paved the way for the next generation of female scientists against all odds.
Despite financial, gender and race inequalities these fearless women pioneered as engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists.
And beautifully illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky it’s a feast for the eyes and really does highlight the gender inequalities that female trailblazers have had to endure. From being shoe-horned into gender-stereotyped professions to being denied the Nobel Peace Prize in favour of male colleagues who took the credit.
For example, Rosalind Franklin the pioneering chemist whose findings were critical in the understanding in DNA. Male colleagues were awarded the prize and provoked many a discussion about the double standards in science.
So this is our opportunity to inform and inspire! For us to take every opportunity to help the next generation live a life free from discrimination and gender bias. And importantly respect and celebrate all achievements.
I’ll finish with a little artwork I created for the #BreakTheBias campaign. And a song…
Until next time trailblazers!