More than one billion people in the world still live on less than $1.25 a day, and according to the IMF, it's estimated that as much as 27 percent of GDP in developing counties is lost each year due to women being denied entry into the global economy. That's why empowering women is not only the right thing to do, it's also the smart thing.
It needs to be okay for women to fail. We need flawed women whose mistakes represent just that -- their own mistakes. Not reflections upon our entire gender, not held up as reasons for why women aren't meant to be in tech. We need to accept women in this field who want to be here just because it's a great place to be.
Chances are you've come across a public service announcement (PSA) from the Ad Council, such as their recent "Love Has No Labels" campaign that went viral with over 86 million views. I interviewed Laurie Keith, Director of National Media Accounts at the Ad Council, to shed some light on how technology is used to empower their campaigns.
For more than 100 years, people around the globe have been acknowledging this day -- March 8 -- as International Women's Day. Many world leaders are now recognizing what we at the Mona Foundation have known for over 15 years: Strategically investing in women and girls transforms communities and can heal the world.