International Women’s Day — Taking Action from where you stand.

It’s 2021, and we’ve come a long way toward closing the gap between women and men in the workplace. According to the PWC women in work index, looking at the statistics for OECD member countries, Iceland, Sweden and New Zealand top the rankings, with the US declining relative to other countries on the metrics used; pay gap, labour force participation rate, unemployment rates and female board representation.

Yet Covid 19 continues to have a material impact on women as jobs in the service sector have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, roles which are more heavily skewed to women.

According to PWC, at our current rates of closing the gap, this is what we have to look forward to:

These statistics do not cover our entire world, and we know that in many cultures and societies there remains significant work to do.

I reflect on my position of privilege, being able to start my own business and live completely to standards I set for myself. As a black female entrepreneur though, I do feel a sense of responsibility to open more doors, for more women like me to make a greater impact.

As we move forward, there is broader consensus that the challenges we face are far more interconnected, complex and rapidly evolving, going way beyond gender inequality. The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals lists global priorities to solve with a 2030 target, and gender equality is listed as goal number 5. These priorities demonstrate that we need a greater level of participation, representation and cooperation, if we are to achieve these stretching goals, which include our efforts to slow climate change, reduce resource consumption, improve the quality of life and maintain some balance between the effects of human civilisation on the earth’s bio diversity.

Today however, we celebrate the voices of the men and women working toward the changes that will make the biggest differences to future generations.

I asked my network to share with me quotes that have inspired them on their journeys to champion change, and to be represented. Here’s what they had to share.

Marina Tran-Vu : Founder & CEO EQUO International

Neha Misra — Founder & CEO The Fin Lit Project

Melissa Carson — Founder & CEO Crim Dell Consulting — Executive Coach and Talent Strategist

Casandra Patrovani — Publisher, Entrepreneur, Change Agent.

Stacey S Ali — MCIPD — Head of HR Business, The Trinity Group of Companies, Caribbean Region

Neema Amin — Founder of The Escape Strategist. Co-Founder of Collectively Driven

Sarah Breeze — Sustainability Copywriter & Content Marketing Strategist

Felicio Ferraz — Cluster CEO and Managing Director

Sarah Herbert — Divisional Head of Nursing — University Hospital Southampton NHS FT

Patrice Gray — Regional Head of Controllership

Malika Sqalli — Artist, Photographer, Sky Diver.

Tony McCormick — Head of Manufacturing

Nirala Singh — Head of Record to Report

Katherine Ann Byam — Founder & CEO Dieple, Sustainability Strategist & Career Coach

What’s your moving quote, that helps you to take action and make a difference from where you stand?



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Katherine Ann Byam

Author, activist, coach and consultant for innovation and sustainable change. She’s the founder of Dieple Consulting & Where Ideas Launch.