In our opinion, every day is a good day to celebrate the incredible women in our lives! But in honor of International Women’s Day, we decided to put together a list of easy ways we can work to empower the women in our offices— because amazing things can happen when we root for each other.
The first annual International Women’s Day was observed in New York in 1909, and since then the issue of gender equality has gained enormous visibility—especially in the workplace. Around the 1960s, American women successfully began to disrupt the workforce (and we show no signs of stopping)!
As of 2017, the Department of Labor reported there were 74.6 million women in the workforce – almost 47% of the total, and that number continues to grow. Women in the US own around 10 million businesses – including Career Group’s fearless leader, Susan Levine! – and over half of all management positions are held by women.
By advocating for the women in our lives, we continue to make strides towards equality—this means more women achieving their goals, taking on leadership roles, and finding career success!
Here are seven tips on how to empower the women in your office:
Become an expert in your field and take other women under your wing. By being a resource for other women, you are helping them find success in their own careers. Show other women how to be fearless leaders, and they will soon follow suit.
Help other women achieve their own dreams. Helping other women succeed never detracts from our own success, and we can all accomplish so much more with the encouragement of our peers and role models.
By asserting yourself as a role model and someone who consistently empowers other women, you are demonstrating your own power and strength in the workplace.
When an employee or colleague comes to you with doubts, show her all that she has to offer. Helping others see what they are capable of accomplishing is one of the most impactful methods of empowerment.
In more ways than one! Promoting women from within into management and C-level positions is inherently empowering and speaks to their capacities as both an employee and a person.
Rather than being critical, focus more on giving feedback that will actually push someone to thrive.
Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of other women in your office! Similar to you, they are also there to create change and make an impact for women everywhere!
Let’s show the world what we are capable of—because when we empower women, we empower ourselves!