Celebrating Women Around the World

In an important effort to raise the hopes and realities of a better society for women, March 8 is designated as Women’s International Day and is celebrated around the world. This year’s theme is “Choose To Challenge”. The first recognition of Women’s International Day was in 1911 with over a million people supporting the day with planned activities.

MISO has an Employee Resource Group for and about women (Women’s Resource Group) that provides valuable mentoring and networking opportunities. A future article in the MISO Matters Blog will share the vision, successes and opportunities of the MISO Women’s Resource Group. Laura Rauch, the Chairperson of the Women’s Resource Group, pinned it when she said, “This year’s theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’. At MISO, we are experts on this—challenging the status quo as we adapt to our evolving grid, whether that manifests as reliably overcoming extreme weather or through designing the systems of the future.”

Why should women choose to challenge? The data paint a picture of a world where women still have tall mountains to climb to attain success. Females comprise about half of the world’s population in 2019, according to the World Bank. Yet, according to the United Nations, no country has achieved gender equality in six critical areas: population and families; health; education; economic empowerment and asset ownership; power and decision making and violence against women and girls. Women were heads of state and governments in only 20 countries worldwide in 2020. When taking a closer look at the global business world, women hold 28% of the managerial positions in 2019, almost the same as in 1995, the United Nations reports.

Laura added, “In the spirit of Women’s International Day, I encourage us to extend the challenge to every day and think how we can forge a gender-equal world.”

To learn more, look here https://www.internationalwomensday.com/.

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