Today is the International Women’s Day and we want to make ideas4all’s commitment to Women and the problems they face around the World very clear.
In my case, my personal commitment during these last years has been with women in positions of economic power, trying to help increase their participation within the Boards of companies in Spain and around the world, as well as in open innovation and entrepreneurial processes.
Ever since the launch of ideas4all, I have also been very interested in the cases of women working in technology and the Internet, present, for example, in Facebook, with COO (Chief Operating Officer) Sheryl Sandberg, whom I met through the web; in Google with Marisa Meyer, VP Consumer Products, in charge of the crown jewels: the search engine and Google Earth, whom I met in Paris; in Microsoft, with my friend Rosa García in Europe, now also Adviser to Banesto and the Madrid Stock Exchange; SlideShare, whose founder and CEO is a woman, Rashmi Sinha, whom I met in San Francisco; Mary Garret, responsible Marketing at IBM, and creator of the beautiful concept Smarter Planet, whom I met in Barcelona.
One of the best recent videos, with clear messages for women and how to make it to the top, is Sheryl Sandberg’s (World COO for Facebook) available in TED.
It says such fundamental things as how we can improve the situation for women, using three very simple but important messages. The video is available in English, with subtitles in different languages.
Let us not forget that we have to build impartiality within businesses and public institutions, and in every other environment:
- Sit at tables with men who make decisions and have power, sometimes we are the ones who don’t take that step, because we have a larger degree of false modesty and are less confident when it comes to selling ourselves. And although it is not fair that aggressiveness in women has negative connotations, while it has positive ones in men, we must be more assertive and less aggressive, and learn to say no.
- Make your couple an ally in your career, let him help you in all he can and join forces with you, it is also up to us to teach them, if need be, equality, while sharing the other face of work and commitment, which is the family.
- Don’t say good-bye to your career too soon, don’t leave before it is really time. Don’t take a single step backwards, always take one more step forwards, and obtain promotion to the position you deserve.
And so I leave you with these reflections and Congratulate all the women in the world on the eve of our international day, as well as all the men who help women find a solution to the problems we face every day.
Let us enjoy and share our day and our ideas with all of you.
Ana Maria Llopis