Happy International Women’s Day ladies (and gentlemen).
It’s a day set aside to celebrate the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women and haven’t there been a slew of them lately?
For the first time in 29 long years a female, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, was named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’, Hillary Clinton is running for the presidency of the USA, Malala Yousafzai has championed female education and it’s hard to ignore the contribution female entertainers like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga have made to achieving equality and social justice.
Celebrating female achievement on the world’s stage is important but on a day like today, we want to celebrate the unsung female heroes in our own backyard. Here’s to all the mothers, wives, friends and business owners who make Australia great.
The theme of International Women’s Day this year is #PledgeforParity – it’s a request for supporters to take a concrete steps to help us achieve gender parity. Spotcap has made the pledge on two fronts – we’ve pledged to help women achieve their ambitions by continuing to support female entrepreneurship and by creating a more inclusive culture within our own organisation.
We’re proud to say that we’ve already helped a number of female leaders achieve their ambition to grow their business into something extraordinary. So far, women account for almost a quarter of our total customer base and we’ve helped them in a number of ways. For example, we’ve provided unsecured business loans to produce an innovative product line, to hire more staff and to open a new studio. The momentum behind female entrepreneurship is exciting and we’re thrilled to help that community grow.
We’re also doing our part to bridge the gender gap in the fintech industry. Financial services and technology have both been historically dominated by men but it doesn’t need to stay that way. As Spotcap’s global workforce grows so does our female workforce and we’re ahead of the curve on the gender diversity front:
What will you do to #PledgeforParity?
Originally published March 8 2016 , updated May 3 2017