This International Women’s Day, I’m excited to mark the occasion by recognizing the inspiring women of Rabin Martin.
While research shows that the majority of Americans see men and women as equally capable when it comes to key qualities and behaviors that are essential for top leaders in politics and business, women still make up only a small share of top leadership jobs in both of these areas. Last year, women held less than 5% of CEOs roles at Fortune 500 companies, and while at an all-time high, the United States currently only has 25 women serving in the U.S. Senate, out of a total of 100 members, and 102 women serving in the House of Representatives, out of 435 members.
At Rabin Martin, we believe that an inclusive organization that values and nurtures diverse experiences, thinking and voices drives the unique value we build for clients. Guided by a predominantly female staff and leadership team, we have consistently prioritized the empowerment of women and gender equality to advance the movement on a larger scale.
As President, I have the pleasure of working alongside extraordinary women and men whose passion to improve the lives and health of people worldwide inspires me every day. From building multimillion-dollar global maternal health programs, working with partners on expanding family planning programs to providing insight on how to gain greater representation for women in clinical trials, my colleagues have helped create new business models and unlikely partnerships that have helped accelerate gender parity for thousands of women around the world.
With origins in women’s labor movements and voting rights in the U.S., Russia and several European countries, International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many achievements of women worldwide. It also allows us to thank our friends, colleagues, partners and clients—both male and female, for their friendship and support.
To the inspirational women of Rabin Martin, thank you for your creativity, steadfastness and humor as we work together to support and empower women. To the men of Rabin Martin, thank you for your support and partnership in working to affect change at all levels. Each of us should take it upon ourselves to do all we can to help more girls and young women see themselves at the highest reaches in every field. Working together, I hope the work we do today will open doors for many more women in the future, fueling a more peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.