Gender equality is certainly a worldwide issue. Gender discrimination has existed for centuries, and rigid gender roles have actually now begun to affect the success of businesses. It is becoming more and more apparent that businesses around the world need to train and educate women to reach their full potential.
Many developed countries have already begun to do this. There is certainly still some gender inequality in these countries, but it is not nearly as bad as it once was. By giving women the same education and job opportunities as men, workforces in developed countries have been expanded and it has allowed businesses to increase their potential. Still, men are often paid more and receive promotions sooner, but things are certainly headed in the right direction.
However, in many developing countries in areas like the Middle East, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, gender roles are still very strict. Men are often expected to be the workers while the women remain in the home. This unfortunately limits the companies in those areas. In order to become globally competitive, these women need to be given the opportunities to have careers. This change will not come easily. It will certainly require assistance from countries that have already made strides for women. Global companies also need to be making the effort to empower women to advance and teach them the skills to succeed.
This movement will certainly take a lot of effort, and it won’t be quick, but it will pay off in the long run. It will lead to more career satisfaction for women, better diversity for companies, and more global competitiveness for developing countries.