Posted 05.03.2021 in Company News
So in case you’re in the same boat, here’s a real quick history lesson! All the details can be found here, but my summary is:
On the International Women’s Day website, their take on “2021 and beyond” is summarised:
With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
And the 2021 theme? Choose to Challenge.
A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.
The superannuation gap
As is universally acknowledged (if the universe was Australia), women approaching retirement (and let’s face it, at most other stages of their life) have less superannuation than men.
This year, I choose to challenge myself to put more money towards MY superannuation (it’s tax-effective, so that is another incentive) and encouraging other women to consider doing the same.
Financial literacy for women
I see it too often! Women letting their financial literacy slip, and their husband taking the financial reins.
This year, I choose to challenge this notion, and commit to addressing it – whether that means extra time educating my clients, or saying yes to an opportunity to speak to other women and girls to boost their financial knowledge, I’m going to do it (get in touch if you need help!).
Women losing power in their relationships
So much of the work I do is with women who are going through a divorce and financial separation. Along with the mental toll of a relationship breakdown, they can struggle with negotiations and understanding what will work best for them (financially) in the long run.
This year, I choose to challenge myself to strengthen my skills and service in this area, to make a meaningful impact for these women, and to build resources they can call on to regain their power.
Rise up! Celebrate!
Lastly, it’s so easy for great work, wonderful service, a positive experience or a spark of intelligence to go unnoticed in the busy-ness of our lives.
This year, I choose to challenge myself to call it out. When I see the achievements and brilliance of women, I will say so, and I will celebrate it.