Women in the Workforce
If you were watching the 2015 Oscars you may have jumped up with a few of us when Patricia Arquette spoke of fair wages for women. Since March 8th is International Women’s Day, I thought it was fitting to highlight the issue of women in the workforce since it can be both a sore spot as well as something to celebrate.
What are the critical issues?
Here is a podcast from a past Diane Rehm Show in 2011:
Here is a link to explain better the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that they mention.
One point that was made during the show was the life/work balance being skewed because of the assumptions made by employers regarding the lifestyle choices regarding men & women. What are your thoughts about salary disparity?
On the flipside, better awareness of this topic allows for those striving to make a difference to do so. Check this out, recently, local ladies make strides in STEM companies! http://www.siliconhillsnews.com/2015/03/02/seven-women-run-tech-startups-in-san-antonio-to-watch/
How can you help?
Support a business that employs women or is owned by a woman! I personally support lots of small & independent businesses, many of which are owned by women. Over several generations many women in my family have gone from not working & raising families, to doing both, or choosing to have a career & no family. It is their choice!
Ask women what they want!
Although both of my grandfathers were entrepreneurs, I am the first female in the family that I am aware of who decided to follow their footsteps & take this bold leap to run my own business. Others may have wanted to before & did not get the opportunity. I am so grateful for the choices we have! Let’s continue to ensure that more opportunities exist for more women … for education, for jobs, & create families of their choice!
I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Elizabeth Garland, M.S., CPLC, MNLP, CGRS
Founder and Personal Development Coach with Soul Nourishing, LLC
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