Today, International Women's Day is being celebrated around the world. Â This day focuses not only on womens' contributions to the world, but also on persistent issues that hold women back. Wage inequality affects women around the world. Â Lack of access to education keeps women in many of the poorest countries in the world from participating in their economies and improving their standard of living. Â Women everywhere wish for their daughters' happiness and success, irrespective of the obstacles in their way. Â See this photo montage of women around the world reflecting on what they wish for their daughters. Â Almost every one of these women wants her daughter to achieve a higher level of education than she herself was able to do.
Yesterday I participated in an all day meeting at Kronos focused on a significant strategic project. Â At least half the participants were women. Â Most of the speakers were women. Â And this project won't be successful without the contributions of all those women. Â Having worked in the tech industry for over 35 years, I've been in plenty of meetings where I found myself the sole woman or in a definite minority.
What I experienced yesterday wasn't an accident. Â This 2016 report from Deloitte examines the root causes of why women are underrepresented in IT jobs. Â Spoiler alert - it's about education and about culture. Â Kronos has created a culture where work-life balance is encouraged. Â Investments in benefits and leadership training have created a highly engaged workforce and a steady stream of recognition as a great place to work. Â Today, Kronos was named a best place to work for women in Canada.
To celebrate International Womens' Day, women at Kronos Â were invited to submit stories about what it means to us to be bold for change - the theme of this year's International Womens' Day. Â I hope you'll enjoy and be inspired to #BeBoldForChange yourself.
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