The global community observes and celebrates International Women Day annually, on March 8th, and Women’s History Month during March. It is usually in the human rights community that we hear about the progress of women and look into the history of that progress. But in reality, women’s rights are with us every day in the corporate community, and women’s history is being made every day in the corporate world.
AMS was established during the time when equality between men and women in the business world and the workplace was recognized as needed and even accepted as a ‘must’. The pattern and prejudice of the past was being overcome in equal pay, maternity leave, breaking the glass ceiling at the executive level, and so on. We’re proud of our record at AMS, and very proud of the women who have achieved so much.
Why women’s history recognition? While the world, including the business world, is still working to achieve ‘higher ground’, it remains vital to study, learn and teach our children about the past efforts of women to gain equality in the world and to be considered of equal value in society. The world is changing, and history is vital to understanding and lifting the change onto higher ground.
As we grow, we can assist others in their growth. Information from the global human rights community tells us that there is much to do. Here are just a few facts to consider, among many: Around the world, 62 million girls are denied an education, which often dooms them to a life of poverty and dependence. Education for girls is often the lowest budget priority in many countries. Many girls begin working as early as five years old – mainly in agriculture or in homes as domestic servants. Child domestic workers are particularly vulnerable to trafficking, forced labor, sexual violence and many health issues.
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) advocates on behalf of women around the world. The following quote is from Ms. Stephanie Crider, AHRC Advisory Board Member.
“In today’s climate, our society should be more protective of women than ever before. Despite overcoming years of hitting the glass ceiling, women are still at the front lines fighting for equity and inclusion at too many tables. To many women, it feels like we’re on the brink of something new, something powerful and life changing for the generation behind us.”
Society will achieve its highest potential when women have achieved their human rights.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” ―Rosa Parks