What would happen if girls ran the world?
We’re beginning to learn what happens when more women step into leadership roles. Although the number is low, approximately 4% of Fortune 500 companies are run by women. There’s a long ways to go until things are somewhat equal (it’s unrealistic to think those who hold corner offices will be split 50/50), but this is big progress compared to the last 25 years!
Canadian women are rocking it at the Olympics, and we even have a woman running for president! Cool beans, if I do say so myself.
But gender inequality still exists. It’s not unrealistic for a man to be paid more than an equally qualified woman within the same company. In some places women are denied the right to choose whether or not they want to have a child, or even who they want to marry!
I’m not sure a utopian where every single human is treated as an equal, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious background will ever exist…but a girl can dream, can’t she?
In the meantime, I like to do what I can to make life even just a tiny bit easier for those who have received the short end of the stick for much of their lives.
Saying hello to the people sitting on the streets and buying them the occasional cup of coffee, volunteering my time with different organizations, and raising funds for causes that tug at my heartstrings are just a few of the ways I like to make my impact.
So when the opportunity to participate in the If Girls Ran The World initiative, I was stoked!
According to their website, If Girls Ran The World is a virtual running and fundraising event that brings women together to run for a good cause. A number of good causes, actually, because upon registration you can choose the organization you’d like to fundraise for!
Because If Girls Ran The World is a US-based event, I wanted to dig a little deeper into the organizations to see where my funds would be going. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for supporting my female friends south of the border 😉 But for this particular event I wanted something that would either help my sisters close to home, or someone who lives in a country where gender inequality is a BIG problem.
I decided to support the Global Fund for Women, an organization that supports the efforts of women’s groups around the world to ensure women are free to vote, get paid fairly, and live free from violence including domestic violence and genital mutilation.
If Girls Ran The World is open to women all over the world of all fitness levels and backgrounds. You don’t need to be a runner in order to participate – walkers are 100% welcome and encouraged!
Between October 1 and 31st participants are encouraged to log their miles (and kilometres) on their fundraising page…that’s the fun about a virtual run – you don’t have to wake up at 5am on a Sunday if you don’t want to! 😉
But you don’t have to wait until October for the fun to start. You can begin fundraising as soon as you like (I’ve committed to a goal of raising $250USD!) and you can track your miles right now! It’s a pretty cool way to track your activity if you ask me 😉
How Can You Get Involved?
The first way is to support me in my efforts of raising $250! You can visit my fundraising page right here, and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation. My Canadian friends, please note that your donation will be processed in US funds.
The next way you can get involved is by registering and committing to logging your running and walking miles and raising funds! There is no minimum fundraising requirement – every dollar goes towards a good cause. Want to register? Check out If Girls Ran The World right here.
But wait…before you register, I have good news for you! I am giving away three complimentary entries to If Girls Ran The World! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below. The contest will close on August 30 and the winner will be announced on the 31st.
What do you think would happen if girls ran the world? What amazing feats do you think we could accomplish?
Please note this post is sponsored by If Girls Ran The World through my affiliation with Fit Approach. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. You guys know I would never lie to you.