Why not #BeBoldForChange?

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Tick tock tick tock… Do you hear that? That’s the clock ticking. International Women’s Day 2017 is coming and yes, it is on the 8th of March. This year, we will be celebrating unity, solidarity, reflection, action and advocacy globally.

We need to accept the fact that women have always struggled to be put on equal ground as men. Even though our sex is known, our gender is decided by others. Since birth, colors have been decided for us – pink for girls, blue for boys. That was the first gender division enforced before our tiny eyes. Over the years, women from different backgrounds and cultures have been fighting for equality, or even some recognition in some cases.

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As entrepreneurs, women are slowly cracking the glass ceiling. Yes, the tide has shifted! Of course there still are challenges, but obstacles only strengthen us as women. Schools and universities have now seen a rise in the number of female students; and the best part is that there has been a remarkable increase in the amount of women pursuing their studies up to PhD level. Female students, when given the opportunity, show interest in designing, science and even engineering. Women are becoming more and more ambitious and entrepreneurship is a potential key to their freedom of gender inequality. According to a recent publication: Graphic Designers Surveyed, female graduates outnumber men in graphic design, yet, there are few women in senior positions in the industry’ .

 

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This year, the theme of International Women’s Day, according to the UN is
“Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. Women need to be more encouraged to take on the working world; rid the norm of people thinking that this is a man’s world. With the changes in technology and constant innovations, women are getting more empowered. Freelancing enables women to work based on their schedule, giving them a sort of power to carry out their work. This means that they take control of their talents, conquering the fear of not being good enough in the creative sector. Talent speaks louder than gender. Hopefully everyone will see it the same way someday.

Also, don’t forget what Eleanor Roosevelt said: “A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water”. I was once told by a friend that everything is possible, the impossible just takes longer. Let’s make everyday International Women’s Day.

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