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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate being a woman and push for gender parity around the world. Or, if you believe your Apple Watch this morning, it is a day to burn twice as many calories as normal.

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Seriously, can you think of a better way to celebrate being a woman today than trying to break the elliptical at the gym?

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is #PressForProgress, urging women to continue the strong momentum for gender equality fueled by movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp.

This month, 4wordwomen.org is sharing a blog series called “Know Your Worth.” The first blog post in the series asks working women to consider their confidence level against the following five questions:

  • What are three skills you successfully bring to the table at work?
  • When was the last time you felt confident, at work and at home?
  • How many times a day does doubt or insecurity seep into your thoughts?
  • How would you describe your life’s direction?
  • When was the last time you asked God to show you a clear picture of your worth?

It’s a really great gut check. I think most of us who are juggling a career and a family feel like we are regularly failing on at least one front.

But today I want us to hold our chins up a little higher, toast ourselves with a cup of coffee and pat ourselves on the back. Give a high-five to the woman who works down the hall who is a single mom, or has three kids or just came back to work from maternity leave.

Because we are changing the world!

As working moms, we are showing our daughters that women can do whatever we set our minds to; we are raising the next generation of female surgeons, politicians, executives and educators. Maybe more importantly, we are showing our sons that women can do whatever we set our minds to; we are raising the next generation of men to believe that women deserve equal pay for equal work.  We are the living, breathing examples of gender parity for the next generation.

And we are changing the workforce. Women and Millennials are driving forces behind changes in the workforce. According to PwC and the World Economic Forum, in just two years, Millinnial women will make up 25% of the global workforce, and we are demanding better work/life balance, more effective mentorship programs and gender equality from our employers.

So even if you don’t feel confident today, even if you are rocking mom hair and discovered that you have baby food on your cardigan, even if your child went to school today looking like he just rolled out of bed, feel confident that each day you continue to put one foot in front of the other, you #PressForProgress!

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