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International Women’s Day

 

As it is International Women’s Day, we just want to say how much we support having a day where you celebrate/recognise a specific group of people. Recognising women, as well as respecting the struggles they have in society to strive for recognition, understanding and equality, raises awareness and is a global reminder that other people (not just women) feel the same.  We would also like to tip our hats to all other groups, you are just as fabulous with different struggles. However, for today, we are going to celebrate women.

Rather than focus on how far we still have to go before equality is achieved, we wanted to focus on how far women have come. We have highlighted a sample of achievements and statistics relating to women.

Equality is about all groups of people accepting one another and recognising their strengths, appreciating their differences and making the most of what we have so we can work together. As we have said, today should be a day of recognition and a celebration of differences. We salute equality.

  • Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer
  • Two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were built by women: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were planted by the Assyrian Queen Semiramis; and the Masoleum of Halicarnassus was built by Artemisia, queen of Caria.[1]
  • Increasing female employment rates in Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries to match that of Sweden (76%), could boost GDP in each country by over 6 trillion dollars[2]
  • Some discoveries by women include: DNA structure, HIV as the cause of AIDS, earth’s inner core, radiation, kinetic energy, Myers-Briggs indicator, radio astronomy.
  • Some inventions by women include: Car heaters, fire escapes, windscreen wipers, dishwashers, circular saws, tippex (other brands are available), chocolate chip cookies, central heating, monopoly, disposable nappies and rectangular bottomed paper bags.
  • Companies across all sectors with the most women on their boards of directors significantly and consistently outperform those with no female representation – by 41% in terms of return on equity and by 56% in terms of operating results[3]
  • The proportion of first-degree graduates that are women is 57%.[4]
  • The two highest IQ scores in recorded history belong to women[5]

Happy International Women’s Day.

 


[1] (Index to Women of the World from Ancient to Modern Times: Biographies and Portraits. Westwood, MA: F.W. Faxon Company, Inc., 1970. Norma Ireland)

[2] PwC, Women in Work Index 2018

[3] Women in the Workplace, McKinsey & Company 2018

[4] Apprenticeships Statistics 2012, verified 2017

[5] “50 Fascinating Facts for Women’s History Month.” Gender Across Borders. March 7, 2011. Kate Rothwell, published September 2017