Growing up in Nigeria, well meaning family members and friends use to tell my father, why are you investing so much in her and her education? Is she not going to grow up and become someone else’s wife and bear babies. Instead of wasting your money on her education, why not spend it on something else?!
I hope this view changes, but even in this day and ages, for many girls in the developing world and other nations around the world, they are still faced with this reality. The world tells them, they are not worth anything other than bearer of babies and being caretakers to their children and husbands. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying there is no honor in being these things, but to believe and enforce that the only role and place for any girl or woman is just as a caretaker of babies and husband is unjust.
There is more to a girl child than bearer of babies. Many girls want to do something great in their life, I hope that our men will start seeing beyond just the beauty but the longing for something more, to be recognized and seen as capable. I hope that they will be encouraged to follow their heart desires and given the opportunities and resources to pursue their dreams.
My father believed in me, my mother encouraged me to pursue my goals and aspiration and today, I have the privilege and opportunities I have now. I want to see more females allowed to pursue their path.
Check out the current statistics for women in the world today:
Globally, women occupy only 25% of senior management positions
Business ownership is concentrated in men’s hands throughout the developing world
Gender inequality persists in education, work, participation in government, economic assets
89% americans are comfortable with women leadership, but hold only 18% of positions
Women hold 3% of clout positions in mainstream media
We need to change this. I am calling all, both males and females to help us inspire change. I hope you will be a cheerleader to any female child who desire to be educated and pursue not so traditional path.
The Women’s Leadership Summit is asking you to #HelpUsInspireChange. They have put together a gathering for women to learn and share their stories, check out this great event at http://summit062613.eventbrite.com
3 generations of women leaders who have surpassed the ‘glass ceiling‘ against the greatest odds will be there as speakers. The names are Christine Comaford, Carole Hyatt, and Frances Hesselbein who have done amazing things to bring out the best leaders among us both men and women.
We hope to see you there. Spread the word about this gathering, share the statistics and help us show the world that there is more to a girl child than being ‘just’ bearer of children.
Check out what inspire these women to create change: