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Interested in Gender Equality? Support These Organizations

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Interested in Gender Equality? Support These Organizations

by Kate Vandeveld

As a woman-owned company, WhyWhisper places a lot of value on working with and supporting talented, driven women.

We were excited to celebrate International Women’s Day this past Tuesday, and Women’s History Month through the end of March. This year’s theme for International  Women’s Day was ‘Pledge for Parity,’ calling women and men to pledge to take action for gender parity in various ways.

Why do we need gender parity? Because the ripple effect of gender inequality is monumental. Globally, women are less educated than men, making up an astonishing two-thirds of the world’s illiterate people and with just 39% of rural girls attending secondary school.

This lack of education means that women are paid less, and increases their vulnerability to child marriage and domestic violence. Gender inequality is also one of the primary causes and effects of hunger, with an estimated 60% of the world’s chronically hungry being women and girls. The education deficit among rural women is a major contributing factor to this issue.

Even women who are able to pursue education earn significantly less than men in the workplace. According to a study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, if the pay gap continues to decrease at its current rate, we won’t see parity until 2059.

The bottom line is, gender inequality is a major issue, and it’s going to take a great deal of effort to overcome it. We want to acknowledge some of the organizations that are leading these efforts, and encourage you to follow along with their work, supporting them however you can. Here are a few of our favorites:

Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women is an organization that works to shed light on critical issues around the rights of women and girls, and then “find, fund, and amplify” the women who are addressing them. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay on top of their powerful and impactful campaigns, like their “Fierce 8 for March 8” International Women’s Day campaign.

MomsRising

MomsRising is an organization that harnesses the collective power of women, specifically mothers, to impact policies that affect them every day. Mothers are a critical and often underrepresented subset of women. In recognizing that, MomsRising has been able to mobilize women for change in unprecedented ways. Stay on top of their incredible successes by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Take the Lead

Take the Lead is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help women get into leadership positions, reaching parity across all sectors by 2025. They offer a variety of courses and programs for propelling women into leadership positions, and a blog that highlights female leaders and provides advice to women who want to advance their careers. Our favorite offering? Their newsletter, which shares updates on what’s happening in the world of women’s leadership.

It’s Time Network

It’s Time Network is a building a community of individuals and organizations that are working together to accelerate the full empowerment of women and girls worldwide. In a space where so many who are working toward the same goal are looking for resources, It’s Time Network wants to make it easier for them to work collaboratively, focusing less on funding and more on collaborative action. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for the latest updates in the space.

Women’s Empowerment Principles

Developed by UN Women and UN Global Compact, the Women's Empowerment Principles are seven steps that are meant to guide business on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. If you’re interested in employing the principles in your own workplace, you can find out how to do so here. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates, including information about their events and chats.

 

Do you support a women’s empowerment organization that we should follow? Let us know about them, and we’ll spread the word. Here’s how you can get in touch:

 

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Fight for Gender Equality This Women’s History Month

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Fight for Gender Equality This Women’s History Month

by Kate Vandeveld

As you may know, this past Sunday was International Women’s Day. But if you missed it, you can join the conversation about women’s empowerment and gender equality all month long – March is Women’s History Month!

Fight for Gender Equality This Women’s History Month - via WhyWhisper Collective

Here’s the deal: It’s 2015, but a huge gender gap still exists in so many aspects of society. In 2014, women held only 14.6% of executive officer positions in the U.S., and only 18.5% of the seats in Congress. A recent analysis by the United Nations shows that violence against women is alarmingly high all over the world. And 31 million girls of primary school age are still not enrolled in school worldwide, with girls dropping out at a much higher rate than boys. These are just a few of the many statistics that make it clear: while we’ve made strides toward empowering women, there is still a great deal of work to be done.

No matter your gender, we need you to join the fight for equality if we want to make lasting progress. Here are some ways you can get involved:

Inform Yourself About the Issue

First, inform yourself of what we’re up against, and why equality is not only positive, but necessary. There is a plethora of important statistics about gender inequality, but there is also a good deal of research around why empowering women is good for everyone, not just women.

To start, companies with women well-represented on their boards are more financially successful than those without. In fact, an increased number of women in the workforce results in faster economic growth overall. And providing an increased number of women and girls with access to education has contributed to overall economic growth worldwide as well.  Gender equality isn’t just about improving the world for women, it’s about improving the world as a whole.

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Join the Conversation on Twitter

Twitter has been buzzing with conversation around women’s empowerment and gender equality this month. As we’ve discussed, Twitter can be a powerful tool for sparking global discourse about important social issues, and this is a perfect example. Thousands of people have joined in the conversation, sharing powerful thoughts about how we can move toward gender equality, what’s been holding us back, and how inequality has affected their own lives.

Some of these conversations have been centered around specific events, such as International Women’s Day – #IWD2015 – but others are ongoing indefinitely. If you want to contribute, or start a conversation of your own, start by following these hashtags:

 

Attend a Rally, Event, or Conference

Throughout the month of March and beyond, a number of organizations are putting on rallies, events, and conferences focused on women’s empowerment and gender equality. These events aim to inform, engage, and inspire individuals who want to join the movement, and incite conversation that will lead to lasting change.  Here are just a few:

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Support Organizations That Stand Up For Women

If you can’t attend one of these events, but want to show your support for the movement in a tangible way, consider making a donation to an organization that you admire. Many of these organizations that work tirelessly for gender equality are underfunded and/or understaffed, so your financial support will go a long way.

You can also further the movement by increasing awareness of the organizations you care about. Whether you spread the word via social media, or do it the old-fashioned way, the more people that know about these organizations and their work, the better.

 

Make Changes in Your Own Life

One of the most powerful ways you can impact gender inequity is through your own actions. If you’re part of the workforce, stand up for yourself – ask for a raise when you deserve one, and challenge unfair systems. Support other women in your workplace, and speak up when a colleague says something derogatory about women. Don’t be afraid to break glass ceilings, no matter who says you can’t or shouldn’t. If we’re going to create substantive, lasting change, women need to stand up for themselves every day. It won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it.

 

What are your favorite organizations that are working for gender equality? Share with us – we’ll do our part to get the word out. Here’s how to do it:

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