One billion strong: Women in the workforce will be the agents of change

one-billion-womenIt used to be a man’s world.

If you’ve seen the TV series, Mad Men, when men were in charge at the office, you get a sense of how it was for working women in the 1960s. If they weren’t nurses, hygienists or teachers, very often they were secretaries who developed management skills. They took pride in becoming indispensable to an employer, but it was rare for them to advance to positions of leadership. That was also a time when many women worked only until a man proposed and agreed to support them financially. So unless they had no plans to marry, were they thinking about their career goals and what they could achieve? Not if those goals didn’t seem to be in reach. Nor did they have the “power in numbers” support they can access today.

In the coming decade, according to a survey from Booz and Company, women will have more company than ever before. One billion women are expected to enter the workforce. And if the economy is going to grow globally, women need to aim to lead and therefore become economic agents of change.

Fortunately, the most powerful leaders in the world are recognizing that equality in the workplace—equal participation by men and women at the highest levels of leadership—is essential. In England, Prime Minister David Cameron has challenged corporations with an ultimatum to promote more of its female executives to boards of directors.

I started The DAWN Network to encourage more women to join the naturals industry, aspire to develop and lead their own companies as well as work toward becoming leaders in the field.

DAWN—Developing and Advancing Women in Naturals—strives to double the number of female leaders in the natural products industry over the next three years by creating and promoting networking and coaching opportunities.

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