I remember when I was younger I had an annual discussion with my parents about the reason why there was a “Mother’s Day” and a “Father’s Day”, but not a “Children’s Day”. The response from my mom was the same each year: “It’s because all the other days of the year our Children’s Day.”
I’m still not sure if I agree with her, but let’s follow the analogy to present day:
We’ve been celebrating International Women’s Day since 1909. It all started in Russia and the US, but since 1975 it’s an official worldwide recognized day by the UN and in the last three years or so the popularity and awareness has grown exponential.
Similar to the festivities of Mother’s and Father’s Day, International Women’s Dy has become a great moment for a diversity of brands to proclaim their love and respect for women. International Women’s Day has turned into a week where mostly women can fill their time back to back with a whole scala of events, inspirational sessions and meetups with amazing speakers, topics and attendees.
So why isn’t The Next Women doing anything special these days? It’s because we believe that every day is Women’s Day!
If we have a look at the analogy of the first paragraph, if we only celebrate Women’s Day once a year does that then mean that all the other days of the year are Men’s Day?!
We make up around 50% of the world population. We need more than one day. We deserve more. We are worth more. We claim more.
So the following year we’ll be pushing the awesome women of our network more towards the spotlight. Share their stories, share your stories. We’re here to empower you 365 days a year, because equality means growth!
“We need to organise our work better ánd smarter” says Martine Meijburg. Meijburg founded Second Degree in 2013; the first LinkedIn marketing agency (worldwide). A success, as the agency became one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands (Silver FD Gazellen Award in 2016), servicing clients such as Philips, KLM and Microsoft.
Martine is an author, public speaker and was listed in The Next Women 100 in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and the Adformatie100 in 2017. She shares with us her experiences as an entrepreneur and member of The Next Women.
She got into the world of recruitment because she showed talent for it and acted on that: at TNW we love playing out your strengths. Now, with her own company and being a mother of two, Dayanara Vonk Ilaria reflects on her journey: “Leadership really is learning how you can influence yourself.”