International Women’s Day 2016: #PledgeForParity

International-Womens-Day-LogoAs a human being (let alone a father of a girl), International Women’s Day provides a platform to discuss the major topics of gender inequality.

This year’s theme is #PledgeForParity.

What does that mean? Here is the copy from the International Women’s Day website:

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

So how do we want to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016?

We say by Pledging For Parity!

Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

Please take the Pledge linked above and make your voice heard in this forum. And then go home, to work, wherever, and make your pledge a reality.

I’ve grown up around tremendously accomplished people of all genders, be it in business, government, and especially in family. My only hope for my children is that they don’t see any role, job, or opportunity out of their reach because of their gender. They should succeed…or fail…based on their own merit and skills and gumption.

Is that too much to ask for?


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