With a badass female founder and a 70% female staff, we’re OUAI grateful to be working at a company that champions women. So in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re dedicating this week to using our platform to spread awareness about the notable organizations making moves to boost women in the work force, school and beyond.
To kick off the female power festivities, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day the only way we know how: by giving the whole squad the day off. That’s not the best part. We’re OUAI excited to announce that we’ve donated $10k to Women For Women in an effort to further the organization’s goal of social and economic empowerment of marginalized women and to create sustainable change. To give you a little more background, Women For Women provides women in countries affected by conflict and war the opportunity to learn critical money skills, improve their health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support.
To build awareness around issues women still face and the causes you can support for women globally, it’s only right that we share some of our findings so that you’re OUAI woke. First, International Women’s Day was started in 1908 on the streets of NYC to demand shorter working hours, better pay, and the right to vote. Because we’re bosses, it only took us 12 years to get the 19th amendment ratified thereby granting women the right to vote. Fast forward a little over a century though, and women are still fighting for what they truly deserve: equality. For example, today, women are making 20% less than men which means at this rate, they won’t reach equal pay until 2059. But wait, there’s more: worldwide, 62 million girls are out of school. Additionally, only 14% of top executive positions in Fortune 500 companies are held by women—and only 24 of those have female CEOs. If those numbers don’t induce a WTF, this will: domestic violence is not yet considered a crime in more than 20 countries.
What can we do to spark a change?
Find ways to get involved! Here’s a few organizations we’ve chosen to spotlight that are fighting to gain social, economic and political equality on behalf of women worldwide. Volunteer, donate and more with one of our favorites:
- She’s the First- A non-profit organization that supports girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school and train students to be global leaders (many obstacles including poverty, dangerous routes to school, and cost prevent girls from finishing school and She’s the First helps improve those circumstances to fight gender inequality through education).
- Equality Now- Encourages governments to adopt, improve and enforce laws that protect women and girls around the world against violent and discrimination.
- Running Start- A nonpartisan non-profit that trains young women to run for public office.
- Girls Who Code- A non-profit that aims to close the gender gap in technology.
- Women For Women- An organization that provides marginalized women the opportunity to learn critical money skills, improve their health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support.
Get informed and stay that way for keeping your pulse on the causes that catapult women to the forefront is a surefire way to help girls everywhere live their best lives. Join us March 8 in celebrating women because everyday should be International Women’s Day.
Visit Women For Women to make a donation (any amount helps!)