Who hasn’t heard of the recent “MeeToo” & “Timesup” Campaigns on social media? Supported by every actress and actor on the red carpet of the Golden Globes in 2018 by wearing black, these movements are the latest warning shots, adding to the women’s movement. But, when it comes to the Business Life, what do women still have to retake?
In the light of those events, we take the time to think about all the inequalities that remain between women and men, especially in the workplace.
What are the “HeforShe” and “Timesup” campaigns?
#HeforShe: As you can see in the picture, “HeforShe” is a campaign promoted by the UN in order to bridge the gap between men and women. You can join the movement and support the UN’s fight for gender equality from education to politics here.
I’m inviting you to step forward, to be seen, and to ask yourself… If not me, who? If not now when?
#Timesup: This movement was created in 2017 by 300 women in Hollywood, including Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, and Kerry Washington. It aims at equity, parity, safety and inclusion of women and marginalized people in all industries around the world.
The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.
-Open Letter From Time’s Up
Entrepreneurship for Men and Women
As Beeleev is a network for entrepreneurs, we will focus on the inequalities in the workplace and more precisely in entrepreneurship. We can claim that the gap is being bridged, however figures aren’t yet optimistic. In 2016 the gender gap in the European Union was of 11,9%, and the proportion of senior business roles held by women was 24%. Mckinsey has found that inequalities start at the hiring stage, with women having less chance of being hired than men.
It would be a false claim to say that women do not want to run a company or set up a business. Of course some don’t, as it also is the case with men. The real argument is a practical one.
Women still have the responsibility of their children’s daily care and, without infrastructures allowing them to lift this load off their backs, they are bound to be less independent than their male colleagues. In this very case, equity is enabled by creating more Day Care Centers, but let’s be precise: having such a perk at your office shouldn’t be the exclusivity of Silicon Valley Companies. Private corporations, themselves, have to be at the spearhead of change.
Change is Tough? Read Again:
“I always wanted to have my own business but entrepreneurship was impossible in Soviet Kazakhstan, and my husband was never supportive of the idea,” says Shaiza Mirtina, 74, from Karaul, East Kazakhstan Region. “He didn’t want our neighbours to gossip about us and said it was a purely male affair.” But Shaiza persevered. Her bakery has inspired fellow women and has created jobs for local youth. If you want to read the whole story, you can go there.
This is one of the million inspiring stories that shows us how much still has to be done. We have to acknowledge the obstacles women are facing in order to overcome them. Thanks to social media and campaigns like #Timesup, we seem to be heading on the right path.
What About You?
We have faith in female entrepreneurship as much as we do with their gender counterpart. To any women who wants to try this amazing adventure: Believe in yourself and follow the path of Successful female entrepreneurs like Sara Blakely (Founder of Spanks) or Indra Nooyi (CEO of PepsiCo).
If you’re part of Beeleev’s Community, you can also connect with these 3 Successful Female Entrepreneurs and ask for their advice and support:
|Hannah Oiknine, CEO & Founder at Babbler||Barbora Balazikova, CEO at Robootek||Beena Paradin, founder at Beendhi|
This issue is serious and the fight for gender equality is far from over, as the gap is not bridged yet. Entrepreneurship is a beautiful adventure we all should be able to dare. We, at Beeleev, will continue promoting Gender Equity and the great successes achieved by women. Let’s make the world aware that we’re here!