International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day today and it’s on a Friday, not a Monday. So I’m dropping a new blog post a few days early to wish you a Happy International Women’s Day 2024!

Inspire inclusion

This year’s theme is “Inspire Inclusion”. I think inclusion is the prerequisite for equality. If you don’t have a seat at the table, then your important thoughts, ideas, and feedback cannot be heard. Your valuable insights and experiences cannot be shared.

And that goes for all genders, ages, abilities, ethnicities, religions, body shapes, and socio-economic status.

How to inspire

So where does it start…with us. We have to inspire young girls AND boys. The haves have to inspire the have nots. We have to share our stories and advocate for change. We have to lead by example and be good role models so those coming up behind us can learn, grow, and benefit from our efforts.

That means men inviting women to the table. Not because they have to, but because they value what we have to say and want to learn how to create a safe and equitable environment.

I was recently inspired by my friend and fellow entrepreneur, Pamela George, Financial Literacy Expert and Owner of Sand Dollar Financial Counselling. She believes financial empowerment is the new feminism. Being financially stable gives us choices. And choices give us freedom.

How far we’ve come

Did you know the first International Women’s Day was held in March 1911? That’s over a century of history and change. Gloria Steinem, arguably the most well-known feminist and activist once said, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”.

Another friend, Catherine Bennett of BuildABLE, a design and renovation company that specializes in accessibility, shared this list on social. It’s a good visual to see how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

Happy International Women's Day 2024 by Colleen Kanna, Best "To Do" list ever, a list of the many freedoms women have fought for and won plus ones we're still working on.

So let’s be a community of women who inspire inclusion to move us closer to equality. The reward is great…financial stability, choices, and freedom.

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.