If You’re Not Learning,
You’re Not Living
Life has a way of serving up inspiration at just the right moment. Recently, I had the great pleasure of dining with my octogenarian aunt, who at 86 years-of-age, isn’t slowing down. While she did recently move to a senior community, she summarily convinced her new book club to embrace nonfiction, because if you’re not learning, you’re not living. She’s read more about Bitcoin and how Big Data is transforming our society than I could ever fathom and was eager to learn the ins and outs of Apply Pay among other tech tips.
She also reminded me just how far women have come. Shockingly, we’ve only had the right to vote for 100 years, and as for career choices, our options were once limited to teacher, nurse, or secretary. There’s no doubt we’ve made tremendous progress, but the World Economic Forum still forecasts that it will take another 208 years for us to catch up. As Taylor Swift shows us in her newest video, humor can be a strong mobilizing tool as can funding, especially when Melinda Gates has pledged $1 billion to close the gender gap.
This still feels somewhat daunting given that the majority of future job growth will come from STEM fields, and only 25% of women today hold a STEM position. Undoubtedly, role modeling is a major influence for both boys and girls, and when our kids see us rolling up our sleeves to tackle technology, the impact reverberates.
On March 8th, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. We’ll know we’ve arrived when we no longer need a day on the calendar earmarked to celebrate our progress. Until then, let’s keep learning!
With best wishes,
Founder and CEO
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