Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of International Monetary Fund says that women need a 21st century mentality for women’s economic participation and I surely agree with her.
To be on top and conquer all the deep-rooted gender inequalities, women need to be bold and take risks. As they say, in order to succeed, one has to learn to take risks.
It is time to break the stereotype that women are just homemakers and caregivers and create a world of great thinkers, business women, leaders, communicators and excel in the workforce.
Women need to learn to take risks which I believe is a great opportunity to stand out and to present yourself as a leader, not a follower satisfied with the status quo.
There are several women in this world who have been successful in business and this is because they’ve been willing to take on the risky challenge that other people fear to.
By risking is daring the difference.
“We need to flush away the flotsam of deep-rooted gender inequality,” Ms Lagarde says.
“To dare means to take risks, to step out of our cozy comfort zones, to let hope extinguish fear and courage conquer timidity,” she adds.
The only way to conquer gender inequality is through education.Education is a rope that can carry us to greatness. With education is one gets the training, the nourishment and the support needed to take risks and develop.
Education is one of the most important things in life because without education you can’t contribute to the world or earn money, and lack knowledge.
Knowledge is power, so when you know what you can do, you can go that mile further. And educating a girl child is even a more blessing.
Just as the old African adage goes, “If you educate a boy, you train a man. If you educate a girl, you train a village”.
Ms Lagarde notes that education is both an elevator and a springboard.
“It allows people to raise themselves up and to break down the divides that keep them apart. At its best, education is a breaker of shackles—the shackles of exclusion and insularity.”
A good quality education helps one walk up to the starting line with a several advantages.
In business, educated women bring a lot of strength to the table compared to men. They tend to be better communicators, better listeners, better at forming consensus.
Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers argues that In a highly competitive and increasingly fractious world, women possess the kind of critical problem-solving skills that are urgently needed to break down barriers, build understanding, and create the best conditions for peace.
So women, this is the time to raise up, learn and take risks to charge this world.