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The Power of Women Who Stand Up, Together

117 years from now, we will achieve global gender parity in the workplace. That’s right, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report for 2015, equal opportunities will be accredited to the currently under-tapped and under-utilized female talent pool by the year 2133. Yeah… we’ll all be long gone before we can be witnesses to the closing of the gap.

The urgency of addressing the alarming stats and estimations from this study and many others is emphasized through this year’s International Women’s Day theme of taking the Pledge for Parity to break the boundaries that prevent women from reaching their highest potential. Sure, we can all make promises to join the fight to #changetheratio, but how can we start chipping away at this grand mountain of a problem and begin accelerating progress? What is one tangible step we can take to ensure gender parity is even possible in our lifetime?

For women to begin to make a difference, we have to join forces. Only when we stand up together will we recognize our full potential and utilize our combined powers.

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Life Lessons Learned From… Women in Entertainment in 2014

2014 was the year when women worldwide raised their voices in important discussions of hot topic issues, such as personal identity and equality of the sexes. In the world of entertainment, actresses, musicians, and other talented ladies used their high profile platforms to share their thoughts on being a women and a human being in our day and age, and their advice and hopes for a better future. From the words of these 10 women in entertainment, we can derive several life lessons that can be applied to all aspects of our lives, from careers to relationships, in 2015 and beyond.

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Life Lessons Learned From… Maya Angelou

Beloved American literary figure Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Life Lessons Learned From… Nelson Mandela

The world has lost one of its finest leaders. Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid activist who spent 27 years in imprisonment, led his country to democracy, and served as its first elected black president, passed away at the age of 95 on December 5th.

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Life Lessons Learned From… Introversion

In Susan Cain‘s TED Talk, she advocates for those people who are often not heard from – the introverts.

In a culture where the personality traits of being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to proudly identity oneself as an introvert. But, as Cain passionately argues in The Power of Introverts, introverts bring their own extraordinary talents and unique abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and honoured as such.

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