When it comes to women’s rights, we – women in the western part of the world – often think we have reached our goals. We have voting rights, we can work, we ourselves get to organize our own lives and decide whether we want a career, have children, do it all – have a career ánd kids – or be stay-at-home moms. We seem to have it all, but when you take a close look, can you honestly say we do? If you take a good look at where we – the free women of the west – are, can you truly say we are equal to men? Or is this as equal as it gets? I believe we still have a long way to go and there’s plenty of room for improvement.
In 2006, only 14% of the more than 5,000 corporate board seats for S&P 500 companies were occupied by women. Today this number has moved marginally to around 17%. Even though in theory women can climb up that ladder, in practice the glass ceiling is still meters thick, making it hard for many women to break through. Social expectations make it even more difficult for women to make a proper choice on what they want to do with their lives. Working moms are often considered selfish for not taking time to raise their kids. Career driven women are often portrayed to be too masculine. And then there’s the stay-at-home-mom, who is said to be lazy and dumb, living her life for her kids and neglecting her own needs. And it’s not just men who may think this way; we women can be pretty tough on each other too…
I am proud to have the chance to help women in seemingly hopeless positions. By running the “Dam tot Damloop” and collecting as much money as I can to support Mama Cash. By not standing by, but by taking a stand, I get to support Mama Cash with helping underprivileged women around the world to realize their dreams.
We, women of the world, owe it – if not to ourselves – to our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our sons and our daughters, our children’s children and eventually their children, to all together try to make this world a better place. The only way to get there is by doing something, by taking a stand against inequality! Together. And by paying it forward.
I support Mama Cash because I believe it’s a great cause. Each year the cause itself supports about 100 courageous groups, organizations, networks and women’s funds that are led by women. But it’s not all about the money; Mama Cash’s role goes beyond that. Mama Cash commissions research, initiates conversations and asks questions that encourage foundations and governments to provide support to women.
So will you please help me in helping Mama Cash to help all the women in the world?
Donating is easy, through paypal, iDeal or credit card.
On behalf of Mama Cash and myself, THANK YOU!!!