Happy International Women’s Day 2014! I doubt that when this day was first observed in 1911, anyone could have predicted the dramatic growth in women’s achievements over the century, but here we are. As the organizers say, “We have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices.”

And one of the extensions of those choices is that more women than ever are participating in the workforce, both out of necessity and desire. As 1 Million for Work Flexibility demonstrates, the real choices now available to women and everyone in the workplace go far beyond simply having the right to work without discrimination. They also include the right to work in a way that works for each individual, through flexible work options like telecommuting, freelancing, flexible schedules, and so much more.

This year, International Women’s Day has a theme of  “Inspiring Change.” And that’s EXACTLY what the 1 Million for Work Flexibility movement is aiming to do.

For women and for ALL professionals, 1MFWF’s mission is to:

  • Bring work flexibility to the forefront of workplace discussions.
  • Educate workers, decision makers, and all professionals on the many options they have for flexible working.
  • Show companies that work flexibility is a win-win for both employers and employees. Everyone benefits.
  • Mobilize efforts to support related petitions, legislation, and local and national events related to flexible work initiatives.
  • Inspire 1 million people to join us in creating a voice that can really be heard.

Though work flexibility is often thought of as an issue for women (and mothers, in particular), it’s actually something that everyone has a stake in. Most remote workers are men, for example. And flexible work options can help working moms AND dads, as well as people with disabilities, people living in bad job markets, military spouses, students, retirees, and anyone looking for work-life balance or greater control over their lives.

This International Women’s Day, we’re called to action: “Make a difference, think globally and act locally!! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.”

If you support work flexibility as a way to ensure a bright, equal future for working women and all professionals, take a minute to join 1 Million for Work Flexibility!

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