Help SmartCompany and StartupSmart celebrate inspiring women on International Women’s Day 2018

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This year SmartCompany and StartupSmart have big plans for International Women’s Day and we need your help.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated each year on March 8 to commemorate the women’s rights movement, and to shine a light on the significant change that is still needed to achieve global gender parity.

This year’s IWD theme is #PressforProgress. With the world’s attention on movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp throughout 2017 and into 2018, the goal of the United Nations-backed day this year is to harness this growing momentum for “advocacy, activism and support” to create a more gender inclusive society.

As SmartCompany and StartupSmart, we are committed to supporting everyone in small business and startups, but recent research showed just 13% of media articles about business quote women. We want to change this and ensure Australian women in business get the visibility they deserve. We want to celebrate the businesses these women are building and leading, the relationships they are forming, and the essential contributions they make to our communities.

To do this, we are putting together a major editorial showcase, to be published on March 8, which will feature Australian women who inspire and support the careers of those around them. We want you to nominate women who inspire you or whom you admire and respect for possible inclusion in the showcase via this online survey.

You can nominate as many women as you want and share the survey in your own networks. The answers supplied in the survey will be used in our showcase, so please note that by filling out a nomination form, you are agreeing to the details being published.

So, what are you waiting for? Click here and tell us about the inspiring women at your workplace and in your communities.

(And don’t forget to join in the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram by tagging @SmartCompany and using the #IWD2018 hashtag).


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Justin Tyme
Justin Tyme
3 years ago

Let me guess, an international Women’s day is not sexist, separatist, segregationalist, biased or otherwise subject to accusation, blame or vilification from specialist minorities? Oh, and when is international men’s day to even the ledger? How about international Trans day? And then of course there are the other myriad of supposedly different sexes. We don’t want to run the risk of upsetting any one.
On that basis, I’m sorry I can’t help with any support.

Rohan Baker
Rohan Baker
3 years ago
Reply to  Justin Tyme

I reckon there’s going to be a lot of gender-fluid types claiming to be a woman just for March the 8th. Then on the stroke of midnight there’s a massive puff of smoke when they decide they’re now something else. This will be followed by an influx of human rights commission complaints if they aren’t allowed to compete for recognition as being an inspiring woman. The primary evidence in each and every case will be a solitary glass slipper.

Meanwhile, Charles Perrault turns in his grave.