As the leader of MMGY’s social media team, I have become well-versed in an astonishingly large number of obscure holidays celebrated throughout social channels – National Margarita Day, National Rubber Ducky Day, National Dress Up Your Pet Day and my personal favorite, National Grilled Cheese Day.
But today is not an obscure holiday. It’s not in existence purely for the creation of clever social content or as an excuse to indulge in a grilled cheese. Today is International Women’s Day. First observed in the early 1900s, the goal of International Women’s Day is to help forge a more inclusive, gender-equal world. “But Shea,” you may say, “women today are more equal than ever before.”
Have we made strides? Yes. But even still, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. That’s…a long time from now.
I feel endlessly fortunate to work for a company that has elevated women into positions of leadership. When I look around the workspace my team shares with our creative department, a historically male-dominant world in the advertising industry, I appreciate and applaud the nearly equal split of women and men in creative roles. I love working in travel, an industry that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness, all rooted in building connections and understanding of the world around us. And I’m proud that MMGY’s values mission drives us to help to create a connected, tolerant and peaceful world by promoting travel as a cultural bridge of understanding.
So today, we are celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world. Today, we cheer on the women of the travel industry – the small business owners, the hoteliers, the tour operators, the DMO professionals and more. Today is a day when we support and encourage women in their communities, in their careers and at home. Today is a day when we strive to build inclusiveness and gender parity in our own backyard with the hope that we can push up that date the gender gap will close. Today, I am going to #BeBoldForChange, and I encourage you to join me.