Today I learned yet another company putting profit above social good.
I thought I’d share something about the day on Yammer this morning at our company given that we hadn’t prepared anything formally (maybe this is something to take note of for next year if I’m still around and organise an event although it shouldn’t just happen once a year but that’s another story). I did a Google search to find the International Women’s Day website and the website looked legit. They had resources, information to different charities and even a yearly theme.
Little did I know that it wasn’t the fair dinkum site for the day. Instead I had to look at the one by the United Nations for the REAL IWD site.
What the? 🤔
Meanwhile, I shared some posts on Yammer and found out that our Indian team give appreciation of thanks to the women in their team which was lovely to learn about.
Anyway, over on Twitter at the same time, I started to read that the owner of that IWD website I was using actually belongs to a marketing agency headed up by an Australian woman known for her workplace bullying. Bloody hell. Not something I wanted to read when I’m already pissed off with the world at the moment.
You can read about it in this thread. 👇
It was repeated over the day with people sending me DMs about the fact that the hashtags #BreakTheBias is indeed NOT the theme for 2022 IWD through the UN. Instead, it’s to do with climate change.
Argh. Why do we do this?!
This irritated me no end because once again, at times, I feel that women are their own worst enemies at times. Not a time to slag on your own sisterhood if you get what I’m saying.
(No idea why I’m using the Aussie slang in this post. I guess I’m pissed off).
Why on earth would a company use the idea of IWD for their own gains confusing matters and even worse, for a cause as important as this?
It’s greed pure and simple.
Of course we don’t really need one day in a whole year, to applaud the achievement of women and to throw light on the inconsistencies and inequalities. One day just doesn’t cut through the sheer amount of work needed to solve these.
However the day ended on a positive light when I stumbled upon a Tweet bot called Gender Pay Gap Bot where, if any company tweets using the hashtag #IWD it tweets out the actual pay gap between men and women in its company and it’s made for some embarrassing tweets – some companies even deleting their tweets. 🤣
I leave this post with a tweet below of some badass women.