Yesterday marked 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood before thousands to express his dream. He didn’t want his dreams to be dreams anymore. He had a dream that his four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream too.
There are currently only 17 heads of state out of 195 who do not have a Y chromosome. Women hold about 20% of all seats in parliaments globally. Slightly more than 4% of FORTUNE 500 companies are headed by women, and women hold 17% of board seats. Worse, these numbers aren’t changing very fast. Ten years ago, 14% of board seats were held by women. A decade has passed, and women have gotten a few inches farther into the boardroom.
Is there anything wrong with that? Kind of. Companies with women in leadership positions, actually do a hell of a lot better than companies which do not.
I have dreams of being a princess, always having a cushion of money in my bank account, and having enough Nutella to forever make me happy. But those are thankfully not the dreams I wanted to share with you.
I wanted to share my other dreams.
- I have a dream that I will become a leader for millions.
- I have a dream that I will not have to justify that I am a woman leader, but a leader-equal to all others.
- I have a dream that I will stand next to hundreds and be viewed equally as much of a leader as the next.
- I have a dream that I will live in a nation where I will one day not be judged by my sex but by the content of my character.