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“Together, we are stronger. Together we can change tomorrow. Stand with us: #StateOfWomenMichelle Obama, First Lady, USA

Motivation Mondays : United State Of Women Summit - #StateofWomen

Motivation Mondays : United State Of Women Summit – #StateofWomen

FILM: The United State of Women

There’s a lot that’s been done by and for women and girls, but there’s still plenty to do. Convened by the White House, this Summit will rally all of us together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward. Covering key gender equality issues, we’ll make a powerful difference in our collective future.

Empowering Girls/Women Globally: Are you ready to stand with us at the #StateOfWomen Summit? In a world where women carry half the sky, we earn less than men, suffer daily indignities because of our gender and, in some parts of the world, we are denied educational opportunities while child brides, violence against women, and female circumcision (FGM) remain ubiquitous. If we are to get motivated to do something in our lifetime, fighting for gender parity ought to be on our top ten list. Did you know that 1 in 3 women will experience violence in her lifetime?  Did you know that 62 millions girls do not have access to a school globally? Did you know that even with the passing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which President Obama signed so women can recover wages lost to pay discrimination, we earn 79c to every dollar a man earns in the USA? In some other parts of the world, the figures are abysmal.  While the gender pay gap has narrowed slightly in the US, the same cannot be said for that gap around the world. What can we do about it? Get involved. Be proactive. Win the support of other women and men. Connect the dots and get informed.

When we consider the key issues affecting women today, we can agree that more effort is needed to achieve parity through Economic Empowerment, Health & Wellness, Educational Opportunity, Ending Violence Against Women, Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and furthering our roles in positions of Leadership & Civic Engagement. Did you know that women and children make up the largest number of victims in human trafficking today? This violation of our human rights remains a growing problem and we need to have a greater legislative voice to ensure that our leaders put a stop to it. How do we give voice to our gender while honoring our collective contributions? How do we achieve gender parity? On June 14-15, The United State of Women Summit will meet in Washington DC to address these and many other questions.  You are invited to support the effort by taking the PLEDGE and sharing the message through your sphere of influence and beyond. Go here for more on the summit and its schedule of events.

Top 18 Issues Challenging Women Today – The Shriver Report
9 key issues affecting girls and women around the world – Global Citizen
Women’s Lives Matter


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for April and May 2016 are:

05/02 – 1 May Day, 4 Star Wars Day, 5 Cinco de Mayo, 6 National Teacher’s Day, 8 Mother’s Day, 8 VE Day, WW II
05/09 – 13 Friday the 13th
05/16 – 20 Armed Forces Day
05/23 – 24 Victoria Day (Canada)
05/30 – 30 Memorial Day

06/06 – 6 D Day, WWII, 6 Ramadan begins
06/13 – 14 Flag Day, 14-15, The United State of Women Summit, 19 Father’s Day – third Sunday, 19 Juneteenth Day
06/20 – 20 Summer Solstice (The longest day of the year!), 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day, 23 Int’l. Widows’ Day
06/27 –  26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking

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“Women’s rights cannot be separated from human rights.” Hillary Clinton, Fmr First Lady & Sec of State, USA

Motivation Mondays : United State Of Women Summit - #StateofWomen

Motivation Mondays : United State Of Women Summit – #StateofWomen

Liesl Gerntholtz: The State of Women’s Rights

The United State of Women will be an important moment for both women and girls, domestically and internationally. It will feature speakers who will both educate as well as inspire all of us to take action on June 14th and well after. Summit check in will begin at 6:30 am (EST) with programming running from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm on the 14th. There will then be additional events throughout the following day, June 15th, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at various times. If you can’t be there, be sure to tune in on our Live Stream!

How can we impact the #StateOfWomen globally?: Every time I read yet another report of an act of violence against a woman, a statistical report about our disadvantages or data on other atrocities committed against our gender, it reminds me to keep up my effort and support organizations that work to empower women’s lives. It reminds me to share information on those groups that initiate legislation and write reports that effect change. Sitting on the sidelines feeling dis-empowered will not bring about change. We don’t have to be the next Malala or even start a movement if we are not so inclined BUT, we can all make an incremental difference by taking action in our homes, jobs, and communities. Did you know that 44 million Americans – about 40 percent of the workforce – cannot earn paid sick leave? Many of them are poor, underemployed women and we can change this situation by our actions. As a mother of two young women, I want them to inherit a world that doesn’t judge them by their gender but by their character and work ethics. So that desire motivates me to keep talking about why women’s lives matter.
Did you know that women own 29% of businesses in the US today? While it is a small number, it still means that we are in a position to hire and mentor other women and girls. When we mentor a young woman and help her believe that her dreams are viable, we are planting a seed of empowerment. When we hire and pay female and male employees equitably, we are changing the dismal state of pay equity concerns and when we reach out and connect with women from other cultures, listen to their stories and encourage them in anyway we can, we are actively changing the state of women around the world. Whether we engage other women in a playful or serious situation, we can all do more by building friendships and cultural understanding. If we are to empower our daughters and ourselves, we must be honest about these inequities and remember that the glass ceiling remains a reality for many women globally. Yes,  some of us are home owners, community leaders, and active participants in sustaining the economy of our nations through our efforts but, how can we impact change so more of us can enjoy the fruits of our labor?

12 Issues Facing Women That Are Just As (If Not More) Important Than Body Image – Huffington Post
Issues Affecting Women – The Oak Foundation
Women’s Lives Matter
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Positive Motivation Tip:  When we come together as one voice, we can move mountains.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
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Hashtag: – #MotvnM
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS:All Photos –  via Wikipedia and Women group, FriendsWomen, via Pixabay 

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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