This year, the theme for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020 is “Each for Equal”, (hashtagged #EachforEqual). Individually, we’re all responsible for our thoughts and actions, every day.
We can choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, improve situations, and celebrate the achievements of women. Every one of us can help create a gender-equal world. And an equal world is an enabled world.
According to the United Nations: “Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development. Moreover, it has been shown that empowering women spurs productivity and economic growth.”
At Mindspace, we recognize that equality is not just a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. We know that gender equality is essential for businesses, economies, and communities to thrive.
What does gender equality look like at Mindspace?
It’s part of business as usual. We’re proud that 69% of global Mindspace employees are women, 70% of mid-level managers are women, and our senior management team is equal: 50% men and 50% women. And of course, there are thousands of talented female Mindpace members coming to work every day, contributing to the success of their companies.
So, some may be wondering — is gender equality in the workplace really an issue today? Let’s test it…
As part of an experiment to explore the human mind, we asked 22 people to solve the same riddle and recorded their responses.
Can you find the solution to this riddle?
A father is about to bring his son to a job interview, applying to work at a large stock trading company. The son is incredibly nervous…
In the car during their drive over they hardly speak… Just when arriving at the parking lot of the company the son receives a phone call.
He looks up at this father, who says: ‘’Go ahead, pick it up.’’
The caller is the CEO of the stock trading company, who says: ‘’Good luck son…you’ve got this.’’
The boy hangs up the phone and again looks at his father, who is still sitting next to him in the car.
How is this possible?
Well, take a look at this video we created for #IWD2020 and find out the answer:
On this Women’s Day, we’re making a point to raise awareness against bias and celebrate women’s achievements.
Here are some Women’s Day highlights from Mindspace locations around the world:
AMSTERDAM: Women in Power and How to Get There — Expert Panel
We’re hosting a cocktail happy hour with an expert panel of successful women to share their inspiring stories and challenges and opportunities in the workplace. The panel features women from across different industries, including nonprofit, marketing, fintech, and fashion.
BERLIN: EVA Summit Afterparty
Mindspace is hosting the VIP afterparty for the EVA Summit, an annual event of the Business Women’s Society. We’re expecting 400 guests to join us after a full day of learning about issues that are relevant for today’s women.
BUCHAREST: SHE DID IT! Inspirational Stories & Networking
A special event dedicated to inspiring all women, with women from all types of businesses sharing their personal professional stories, with special guest Andreea Moldovan, General Manager Avon Cosmetics SEE. Participants are invited to stay for a speed-networking session after the panel.
FRANKFURT: Women’s Pitches
The women of Mindspace present their business pitches at this special event, sharing their current and new business ideas with the entire Mindspace community.
LONDON: Finding Your Voice
Sarah Hayhurst, the founder of the Voice Inspirer, shares her journey about her mission to empower women to find their voice and learn how to speak confidently. Sarah is a professional communications expert, vocal coach, theatre director, and actress, and participants can gain from her wisdom and experience while enjoying Prosecco.
SAN FRANCISCO: TogetherDigital
San Francisco is hosting a special event with TogetherDigital, a women’s career advancement group, focusing on creating goals and action plans for the upcoming year.
There are fabulous, talented women all over the world working in all different businesses. We’re proud to celebrate these women and their achievements to inspire us all.