Thursday 8th March 2018 marks International Women’s Day. What is the Agenda and Should We Be Celebrating It?
International Women’s Day agenda is about how women should be judged in the same way as men. No special treatment, rather merit-based assessment irrespective of gender.
Inadvertently having a special day is actually sending the message that women’s issues are irrelevant during the other 364 days of the year.
There is an international day for just about everything under the sun and it’s not doing women any favours, in fact since we do not have an International Men’s Day it already creates an unequal effect.
Our opinion is that all Australian’s should avoid celebrating International Women’s Day, we all should just ignore it.
Don’t get me wrong I agree with ensuring women are treated and judged the same as men, and no special treatment. We just don’t need a special day for it.
There are useful discussions to be had about how merit is defined and measured and whether there are some implicit biases that impact on assessments. But gender equality must mean women and men working side-by-side, in respectful and constructive ways.
Some women are treated shabbily in the workplace. But some men are too. Women and men need to unite to ensure that workplaces are civil and positive places rather than women waging a dubious us-versus-them campaign.
On a final note..
A few days ago I was reading an online article about how nobody on a busy train in Sydney would give their seat up for a pregnant woman.
The article had garnered quite some responses, with most people saying “Well, women do want to be treated equally”.
While we do need to remember that being treated equally means taking the good with the bad, I think this was a little too far. Being pregnant is no easy feat and this woman should have been offered a seat based on disablement.
More interestingly in some European countries, it’s considered offensive when a man offers his seat to a woman. The man is perpetuating that the woman is not as capable or strong as the man and needs help.
Dan S is an IT Professional of 22 years, but has worked with a range of businesses giving him in-depth understanding of many different industries. Dan S is a business owner but shares his knowledge and experience through posts like these.