More than just a “Hallmark” holiday, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide. Since the suffragettes inaugurated International Women’s Day in 1911, I don’t think there has been a year for women quite like the one we just experienced. With the launch of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, women are once again uniting and coming forward to demand change in the workplace and society overall. And change is happening.
Women are mobilizing to run for political office in record numbers, and our daughters are seeing that they matter and that their dreams and ambitions can be achieved because their mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought and sacrificed to make change happen. The campaign theme for 2018 International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress as women invite everyone to join them in building a world where men’s and women’s contributions are equally valued, leadership is gender-balanced and opportunities abound for all, regardless of gender.
Today at Version 2.0, we are celebrating International Women’s Day by publishing the last in a series of infographics that celebrate women entrepreneurs and the ecosystems that supports them. Three years ago, we decided to take a look at women entrepreneurs in a city-by-city review, examining how women were innovating and seeing what these vibrant communities of businesswomen had in the way of community support. It’s been a rewarding journey, one that’s captured the interest of influencers and aspiring entrepreneurs as they followed our infographics from the east coast to the west coast and in between. As our final installment, we’ve taken a look at burgeoning tech hub Austin, compiled a national perspective and given a nod to the global nature of our sisterhood by creating a “Women Mean Business in London” infographic.
Through the creation of our series, we’ve learned that women’s ability to innovate, create and build is not limited by geography and that women build communities while they build businesses. With our infographic series, we celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs who refuse to accept limitations imposed by biases of any kind, including gender.
International Women’s Day is not country-, group-, organization- or even gender-specific. The day belongs to everyone as we work together to achieve gender parity and to celebrate excellence and achievement regardless of gender. What is good for women is good for all of us as we build a gender inclusive world together. Let’s vow that in 2018 we will work together to #PressforProgress. Please visit International Women’s Day 2018 to learn how you can help.