International Women's Day Press for Progress

AFN Celebrates International Women’s Day and the #Press For Progress

217 years.

That’s how long it will take, according to the latest Global Gender Gap Report, for women to reach parity in terms of economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.

217 years.

That’s an awfully long time- and, since I am sharing troubling facts, allow me to go a step further and point out that global progress towards this measure is actually regressing. Last year’s Global Gender Gap Report estimated it would take “only” 170 years to close the gap.

Now allow me to share the good news: it need not be this way. We possess the power to reverse this trend, and begin making forward progress towards equal pay, opportunity, education and empowerment. It is for these reasons that AFN strongly supports International Women’s Day and the push to #PressForProgress.

How do we do it?

First and foremost, there is no gender pay gap at AFN. Men and women are compensated equally. That’s huge, though in all honesty, it shouldn’t be. That men and women deserve equal pay for equal work should be a given, but again, in too many organizations, this is not yet the reality.

The logistics and supply chain industry has traditionally been a male-dominated profession, both in terms of recruitment and advancement. AFN’s workforce reflects this reality. Our talented and dedicated team is comprised of approximately 32% women and 68% men. That’s why AFN created academic scholarships specifically for young women entering the logistics and supply chain field.

This year, we have planned a full week of IWD events, including a breakfast bash, guest speakers, and a happy hour, to celebrate the talented women in our organization and to raise awareness of the pressing need for parity in terms of opportunities, advancement, and compensation. We have invited our team members and our customers and carriers to share shout outs recognizing the women in our respective organizations that make a difference. We invite you as well to recognize women in your life that are helping to #Press For Progress. We want to give them the gratitude and appreciation they deserve.

This is just a start. There is so much more work yet to be done. But together, we can truly press the “fast forward” button on the march to equality. In fact, we must. Because 217 years is far too long to wait.