It’s not easy being a woman.
Even though we’ve made significant strides over the years like earning the right to vote, climbing corporate ladders and advancing our education, we’ve still got a lot of work to do and a long way to go.
Women face a significant gender pay gap as well as everyday sexism, as evidenced by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
We’re better off than we used to be, but still incredibly far off from being equal to our male counterparts.
Fight The Good Fight
In The Bahamas, like many countries, women are underrepresented in government and are at a greater risk of gender-based violence.
Despite the numerous challenges, it’s crucial that women keep fighting for equality and understand their true value.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, it’s equally important for women to know that they can advance in their careers and in society, by being their authentic selves.
Women Fear Being Seen As Weak
There are too many scenarios where women find themselves having to compete with men only to be edged out due to their gender. As a result, some women try to emulate the men, shedding their compassionate side in favor of a tough exterior, because they fear being seen as weak.
So many women speak of their experience sitting around a boardroom table to find themselves surrounded by men who cannot relate to nor care about their experience.
I am optimistic that things will get better, but in order for that to happen, we cannot stop working.
Happy International Women’s Day to all women who continue to keep afloat in a sea of adversity.