International Women’s Day ; Progress and Concerns of Women

Introduction

International Women’s Day, celebrated every year on March 8th, is significant because it draws attention to the plight of women and the progress they have made. It is an opportunity to celebrate victories and recommit to the battle for gender parity.

In addition to celebrating women’s achievements, this day is also a chance to lobby for more equal treatment of women in the workplace. There is no denying that women have made significant strides in the last century. Women in the United States and the United Kingdom today are making great strides toward gender equity by tearing down walls and shattering stereotypes.

Women are making great strides toward top leadership roles in the United States and the United Kingdom. They have broken the glass ceiling and established themselves as leaders in business, politics, and other areas. Women today are just as likely to take control of their lives, go to college, and launch their own businesses as males. These women are proving that they are capable of more than just housework by making significant contributions to their communities.

In this article, as we celebrate International Women’s Day we will discuss the impact that contemporary women in the United States and the United Kingdom are making on society and the globe.

 

Prominent Women in Politics and Business

The advancement of women to places of power in the United States and the United Kingdom is one of the most visible trends in the modern era. Women are breaking through the glass barrier and taking positions of power at all levels of society, not just at the administrative level.

  • In 2021, Kamala Harris became the first woman to hold the office of Vice President in the United States. This historic feat broke barriers for women and served as an inspiration to young women everywhere. Janet Yellen became the first woman to hold the post of Treasury Secretary in 2021, and Nancy Pelosi has been the Speaker of the House since 2019.
  • Women in the United Kingdom have made great strides toward holding senior roles in government and business. Theresa May was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2016 to 2019, and other prominent women in leadership roles include Nicola Sturgeon, the current First Minister of Scotland, and Amanda Blanc, who will become the first female Chief Executive Officer of Aviva in 2020.
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These women are not only blazing new trails and leading influential organizations, but they are also setting an example for young women everywhere. Their accomplishments show that women can and do succeed at the highest levels of leadership, and that gender should never be an obstacle to achievement.

 

Taking Charge: Women Taking the Lead

There has been a major shift in gender roles in recent years, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom, where women are opting to marry later, have fewer children, and prioritize their jobs. Generally speaking, this change in gender roles is helping women and altering how people view them. Women are no longer stereotyped as helpless housewives but as strong, independent people in their own right. We can all reap the rewards of this shift toward a more open and accepting community.

Women can better balance work and family life by delaying marriage and reducing the number of children they have. The traditional role of women in society is evolving as a result of these changes; they are now recognized as full participants in the workforce and valued for their unique contributions to society.

This change is allowing women to enter traditionally male-dominated areas like STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). This is creating a more open and accepting work environment, which is good for everyone. Women working in these areas are not only challenging harmful gender norms but also building a more just and accepting community.

In addition, this shift is resulting in more balanced partnerships and interactions. Men are encouraged to take an active part in the care of the home and children, and women are no longer expected to shoulder the bulk of these tasks alone. This shift in gender norms is fostering a more equitable and peaceful society, where men and women alike are free to achieve their goals and aspirations without shackles of prejudice or discrimination.

 

Equality for Women in the Classroom

Women in the United States and the United Kingdom have made great strides in recent decades, but they continue to encounter many obstacles. One of the biggest obstacles is the gender pay gap, whereby women are paid less than men for performing the same work. For women of race and those in lower-paying professions, this chasm is even wider.

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Males still vastly outnumber women in positions of power and influence, presenting a significant challenge. Systemic biases hinder women, especially in male-dominated fields, from advancing their careers to the point of achieving representation in the workforce.

It is also true that many cultures still allow violence, harassment, and other forms of abuse against women. This creates a hostile atmosphere that stifles women’s professional and personal development in addition to making them a target of physical violence.

Many American and British women succeed in male-dominated professions despite these obstacles. Ada Lovelace holds the distinction of being widely regarded as the first computer programmer.  Marie Curie was the recipient of the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1903. Women have recently broken down barriers and achieved great success in their professions, with examples including; Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany from 2005-2021) and Ursula von der Leyen (President of the European Commission as of 2019).

Although women in the United States and the United Kingdom have made significant progress in gaining access to higher education, achieving gender equality still requires a lot of work. Prioritizing the elimination of violence and harassment against women and affording them the same rights and opportunities as men is crucial to this goal. If we can do that, we can build a more just and inclusive community for all people, regardless of gender.

 

Conclusion

In recent decades, women in the United States and the United Kingdom have made significant progress, with many now occupying influential positions in business, politics, and other fields. They also actively work to break down stereotypes about their potential in those arenas. They have achieved success in male-dominated professions, expanded their educational opportunities, and helped shift public attitudes toward women. But they still face obstacles like wage disparity, a lack of representation in top leadership roles, and violence and harassment.

Recognizing women’s accomplishments and maintaining calls for gender parity on International Women’s Day is a must. Together, we can end gender-based discrimination, ensure that women have equal access to resources, and establish a more just and equitable community. Join me in honoring the ladies in my life and in building a brighter tomorrow.

Nimo Mwangi
Nimo Mwangi

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