Dr. Sam Collins, Founder of Aspire for Equality and host of the Stripped Back podcast, will speak on Women’s Equality Day, August 26, to address “Collective Courage,” a rallying cry to all genders to embrace not just gender parity, but the intersectionalities between gender, race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, income, religious beliefs and disability.
Women’s Equality Day commemorates the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the government from denying voting rights on the basis of gender. However, while white women of the day received the vote, racism and racist backlash caused many to abandon the Black Suffragettes who had fought by their side. Voting rights for Black, Asian and Native Americans came decades later. But even today, bias and voter suppression continues to haunt the democratic process in the United States, and many other countries around the world.
“In thinking about the word courage,” said Dr. Collins, “I realised how much we see on the subject is based on achievement, goals, or self help slogans of ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’. The action is almost always about yourself, acting alone and often about the pursuit of career or financial goals. What the Suffragettes accomplished took tremendous courage, but did not achieve true inclusivity yet. In order to complete this long-overdue effort, we must focus on accepting others and find collective courage in each other.”
Research has increasingly highlighted how women’s equality inspires innovation and better decision making. Organisations with gender-balanced leadership and workforce can bring both increased profits and reduced earnings volatility. Empowering more women in government is good for economies and communities—even demonstrating more favorable outcomes related to global pandemics.
At the same time, the World Economic Forum predicts it will take 135.6 years to reach gender parity, and due to the pandemic, a backwards slide in women’s equality, where women who make up 39 percent of global employment account for 54 percent of overall job losses.
“This year’s Women’s Equality Day is critical as a call to action for all genders,” Dr. Collins said. “Long before 1920, women have known courage can come with a cost—from women being burned at the stake for “witchcraft,” to Suffrage backlash, to bra-burning protests of the 1960’s, to the #MeToo movement. But change must be collective, and inclusive. As recent rallies, events, and protests have proved, all genders have had enough of the disregard for equality, and the maintenance of sexism, racism, and every form of discrimination. We’ve lost some momentum, and this is one way to get it back.”
Dr. Collins will speak on the power of collective courage, organisational and social rebelliousness, and ways to shift the “battle of the sexes” into an inclusive and optimistic rallying cry, which ultimately benefits the entire world. 100% of proceeds from this Aspire for Equality event will be donated to Women for Women International, Emergency Support for Afghan Women.
“How is it that women have been known to lift a car when their child is trapped underneath?” Dr. Collins said. “Courage is a matter of the heart. We are strong beyond measure when we are acting on behalf of others. This kind of bold action can inspire others and re-energise lost momentum in achieving true equality.”
For over two decades, Dr. Sam Collins has been a leading global voice on women’s equality as an international speaker and author. Aspire for Equality is a global community that champions equality for everyone, everywhere, through events, training and coaching.
For more information please visit www.drsamcollins.com or contact Dr. Sam Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org US 310 437 8018 or UK 0207 556 1018.