In March, all women around the world will be given the opportunity to shine and to have that self-confidence to create and feel empowered. Tuesday, March 8, 2016, all races, religions and cultures on a global level will rejoice in the accomplishments and congratulate women on the achievements they have made in society, economics and politics. It is the day of the year when we celebrate, respect and appreciate all women.
Each year, International Women’s Day is built upon a theme that sparks awareness and results in encouraging individuals, businesses and corporations to take action. The 2016 theme has been declared #PledgeForParity. Although great strides have been made in gender equality, efforts must continue to drive the overwhelming challenge to an end. Once that goal is reached, it is a winning situation for everyone. More productivity leading to higher GDP, more prosperity in the world driven by outstanding performance and we all grow the economy in fruitful ways, thus creating a brighter future for the younger generation.
As an individual, whether man or woman, volunteering to do your part doesn’t require much. Make your own #PledgeForParity, develop your own campaign or develop an event centered around the international theme or host a prominent speaker.
There is one popular women’s retailer that continues to support International Women’s Day all year round. Ann Taylor is actively engaged in many women’s causes. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Ann Taylor will be offering a Pashmina Wool Scarf, hand-spun by women in the Indian Himalayas who have mastered the artful process of collecting pashmina wool, hand-spinning yarn, and individually dying each piece. The women who created the scarf are beneficiaries of Ann Taylor’s 100K women commitment, a project that provides the opportunity for women in this village to develop job skills and live full lives every day, providing for themselves and for their families. Through the Responsibly ANN commitment, Ann Taylor is dedicated to empowering 100,000 women in their global supply chain community by providing health and financial education, giving women all over the world the opportunity to reach their full potential. Ann Taylor realizes that what women value is what they have always valued: connecting with others, making smart choices, looking and feeling great. Living life fully means women choose to play all their roles with confidence and style. The Pashmina Scarf ($128) is made from Pashmina wool and will become available on March 1st at Ann Taylor online and at select retail locations. The scarf will come in Off-White, Pale Grey and Rose Mist.
So what will your plan of action be on March 8, 2016 as International Women’s Day celebrates #PledgeForParity? The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Let’s all change history by doing at least one plan of action. We can make it happen by doing it together.