The new year signifies hopefulness to most of us. It hints at fresh perspectives, better days ahead, the cultivation of new and better habits and the promise of greater joy as a result. But for many women, inequities in the culture persist and the new year is less a promise than a dream.
In the United States, women earn almost 60% of undergraduate degrees, and 60% of all Master's degrees. And yet, although they hold almost 52% of all professional level jobs, American women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions. There are only 14.6% of Executive Officers; 8.1% of top earners; and 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs.
Aside from statistics about inequalities in the workplace, there are also statistics about domestic abuse, sexual assault, child-brides, genital mutilation, women murdered by their husbands or boyfriends and a host of other equally horrendous crimes against women. We may have come a long way baby, but we've still got so far to go.
2017 was a watershed year for women in the U.S. and around the world as more and more of us have stood up, marched on, and spoken out. The Women's March on Washington and the "Me Too" movement have brought much needed and long overdue attention to the issues that women continue to face.
Supporting organizations that work for women's right's is an important way to give back. We look forward to joining the fight for women's rights worldwide, and hope you will participate in our campaigns in 2018.
Wishing all of us continued courage and strength in the coming year!