Friday, March 6th, 2015

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8th across the world. IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. As I researched on women's rights, different social economic statuses, family and cultural backgrounds, I found some very interesting and somewhat disturbing statistics.

Sheryl Sandberg stated statistics showing that in the workforce 57% of men entering the workforce will negotiate their salary. Only 7% of women will do the same. The Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equity Agency released a report in February 2015 that highlights there is a national gender pay gap of 18.8% based on average weekly earnings. Does it surprise and scare you? Is it fair? Is that why I can’t find a pink business card holder?

It’s International Women’s Day, it's time to talk about our side of the story.

Whether you are a woman or a man you should be equally respected, recognised and accepted in the community you are in. If a woman is exceptional at her job, she deserves to be promoted and rewarded accordingly. If she excels academically, she can receive the same opportunities as her male peers. If she is physically strong enough, she should be able to face the same challenges in the army or air force for example.

The reason for that is either because the expectations for women to climb the corporate ladder are indeed lower, or due to the fact that, for some men, women are actually lucky to go off on a ‘baby holiday’ for months or years. The truth is that in modern societies, we are lucky. We don't have to live in the world that our grandmothers and mums lived in where career choices were very limited. We grew up in a world where we more or less have the basic rights, yet in some places in the world women still don't have these rights. They are the ones that need all the help in the world and all the movements to help them come nearer to everything we already take for granted.
Remember that true happiness doesn't solely come when you succeed. True happiness comes when you can be proud of your accomplishments and you are confident enough to celebrate your victories.

Have a fabulous International Women's Day on 8 March.

Don’t “lean in”.
Stay focused. Stay strong.
Theodora Maios

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Inspire.MeWoman’s style in fashion, travel and photography represents an authentic beauty that we can all aspire to achieve and celebrate life’s surrounding.
With insights into life experiences, stunning photography of local and travel destinations across the globe and fashion styling like no other, this unique brand represents the modern, professional, dynamic woman who aspires to design a lifestyle that celebrates all that life has to offer – a life of style, success, fulfilment and inspiration.
Inspire.MeWoman is the brainchild of a dynamic business woman, freelance writer and fashionista, Theodora Maios.

Theodora Maios

Theodora Maios is an experienced, multilingual journalist with a strong background in media presentation and production.
She currently blends the roles of announcer for SBS Radio’s Greek News and Current Affairs; freelance journalist for Australian/Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos; and announcer, producer and writer with Adelaide radio station Radio ENA. Theodora has been writing for foreign newspapers and magazines since 2001.
Theodora is the founder of Inspire.MeWoman.

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