While we think humans in general are pretty awesome, on International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate all the best things about being a woman. Sure there’s more work to be done in the #pressforprogress, but we’ve come a long way. Here are a few of the the things we’re celebrating today...
We make other humans.
This may be the most obvious, but also maybe the most taken for granted fact about female awesomeness. How amazing is it that we can make small humans (with a little help from a male partner obviously)? Of course some of us may choose not to use this superpower, but it is a pretty mind-blowing aspect of being a woman.
And once we’ve gone through all the work of making that baby and bringing them into the world, (whoever named it labor knew what they were talking about), we’re also set up to feed them for the first year or two of their life.
Enough said. We could end the list here, but there’s so much more..
We are effective leaders.
In a study of 16,000 leaders, women were considered more effective leaders than their male counterparts.
Why? To reach leadership levels that men take for granted, women have to perform better than men to get half the recognition. According to the researchers women were more focused on improvement and being the best they can be. Sot they were more likely to ask for feedback and take action on it. As a result, they’re perceived as more competent.
On average, we live longer than ever.
Life expectancy around the world is increasing due to improved healthcare and sanitation. Interestingly, in most countries women live longer than men. Studies show it has more to do with behavior than with genetics. Men are more likely to have accidents and do high-risk activities. So, we would like to celebrate that women are staying healthier and living longer than ever, and generally making good decisions about their health. We’re doing something right!
We can do a lot all at once.
Hold down a career? Check. Take a continuing education class at the same time? Check. Care for kids or elderly parents? Check. Start a business? Run a household? Check, check.
Women have always known that we are good at multitasking and doing a lot of things well. Now there’s science to back it up that shows women are particularly good at multitasking compared to their male counterparts. Some scientists even think that estrogen is responsible for this and makes it possible for us to cook dinner for friends, brainstorm a new product, and talk on the phone all at the same time.
We’ve got some pretty great role models.
From Oprah at the Golden Globes to Frances McDormand at the Oscars, from Michelle Obama in the White House to Melinda Gates at the Gates Foundation, to every sister, daughter, mother, and friend out there making a difference in the world, we have so many women to look up to. And for that we are thankful.
We have super powers that will change the world.
Investing in women is really an investment in our communities.
When you give women control over their bodies and finances, they turn around and help their families be healthier, more prosperous, and better educated.
And what’s good for them is good for all of us. A woman’s ability to change her own community gives her the power to change the world.
“Women acting on their own can do what all the philanthropic organizations in the world can never accomplish: change the unwritten rule that women are lesser than men. Our role, as we see it, is to make targeted investments that give women the opportunity to write new rules.” - Melinda Gates
The future is female.
So to speak. Men aren’t going anywhere and we are happy about that. We want them at the table. But women are stepping up and taking our rightful place right next to them making decisions for ourselves, our families and our communities. We see great things ahead
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