March 2019 Newsletter
Every Battle Counts
Women’s History Month, 2019, opens on a world in flux. The #MeToo Movement is in mid-swing, providing a voice to long-silenced victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, financial and human rights experts search aggressively for ways to close the gender pay gap, and for the first time since its initial proposal in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment—guaranteeing equal rights to women under the United States Constitution—could be passed into law.
In spite of this, the World Economic Forum predicts it could still take another 100 years before we close the equality gap between men and women. Are we bound by this dire prediction? The example set by one of our nation’s most important leaders, Eleanor Roosevelt, challenges us to believe we’re not.
“Surely, in the light of history,” she said, “it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear… For one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done .’ ”
Speaking in practical terms, however, believing in change is only half the battle. How do we, as leaders, facilitate this change we imagine? Again, Eleanor Roosevelt offers timeless leadership advice:
March 8, 2019 marked the 108th International Women’s Day, and while we have much to celebrate, we still have much to work toward. We, as leaders, can be instrumental in changing this, but only if we lead with courage.
At a time when navigating the changing waters of social reform can lead to confusion, the example of successful, historical leadership serves as a beacon. Eleanor Roosevelt often said, “Courage can be as contagious as fear,” and her human rights victories, both large and small, show us the forward change one determined leader can make in the lives of many.
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Eleanor Roosevelt understood that equality for women is a human rights issue, not simply a women’s rights issue. What are some ways we can use her example to facilitate a more balanced workplace? How does everyone benefit when men and women are treated equally? Please share your stories and ideas in the comments section, below.