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International Women | by Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

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International Women’s Day falls on March 8, 2022. Around the world messages of empowerment will be the focus of panel discussions, public service announcements, fundraising events, and so much more. The theme this year is #BreakTheBias, where one imagines a gender-equal world, free from bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. In doing so, we celebrate women’s achievements in a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Women now make up nearly half of the workforce. So, from flexible workplaces to professional networks, it’s imperative that organizations are building workplaces where women thrive by helping them find fulfilling jobs on their own terms.

By learning to navigate gender power dynamics and perceptions, you can also elevate the visibility of women by seeking out or creating spaces where women feel supported. Remember, everything can be negotiated.

Although some may expect women to have all the answers, they don’t! So we need to forge women’s empowerment worldwide and offer help that will not only empower but support others and encourage them to create networks and accomplish their personal and professional goals.

Alis Grave Nil (Latin for ‘Nothing is too heavy to those who have wings.’)

In nearly every industry, women have been key to igniting change. By celebrating the women igniting change it challenges the rest of us to rethink our impact on the world and how we can inspire future generations to look for creative alternatives and find meaningful work on their own terms.

Women have been trailblazers, breaking down barriers across the world, and doing just about anything they set their minds to, for years. From fighting for racial and gender equality, human rights, ground-breaking discoveries in health care and medicine, to artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs. We’ve celebrated the first woman in space, the first woman to climb to Mount Everest’s summit, women with exceptional skills such as mathematics and physics, to the first female self-made millionaire, and first female pilot. The list goes on, and on.

Women continue to use their strength, grit, and voice to influence change in the world. But before anyone can give you what you want, you have to be clear with yourself. Sit down and write a plan for you, for women, and for the world-at-large. Do this with purpose, and don’t underestimate your potential.


Jacqueline Biollo is a sessional instructor at Concordia University of Edmonton. She teaches management consulting and focuses her lectures on innovative business solutions, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Jacqueline is participating in a Women & Leadership panel discussion on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, hosted by her alma mater, Royal Roads University. To register: 


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