Speaker: Allison Romano
What does Women’s Equality Day mean to you?
Allison Romano: Hi everybody, my name is Allison Romano and I'm from Google Cloud Marketing. And today is Women's Equality Day and what does that actually mean to me? I know that we have had the right to vote in the U.S. for over 100 years and while that is awesome, there's a lot that we still need to cover in order to truly have equality. And one of the areas that we still need to close is the pay gap, the wage gap. And really making sure that we have financial equality and financial freedom and financial confidence. And where we can really start focusing is making sure that in practical terms we have the same promotion opportunities, the same suite c-suite opportunities, we have board seat equality, we have salary increase equality. And everything that really makes financial equality means something to females in the workplace. And it's really not just up to the ladies out there to make this happen. But it really does fall on a lot of "manbassadors" out there to really help raise up and make sure that all of these things are happening on behalf of women everywhere. And I would be remiss to actually mention that while all of these great things are happening and there's 1 step forward, but there's also 2 steps back with everything that's going on in Afghanistan and watching the news and seeing how women are being treated and they're going backwards, on a day like today is really disheartening. So we really have a lot of work to do in supporting women everywhere globally. And making sure that they continue have the right to go to school and they have the right to work and they have the right to have a seat in government and they have a voice. And really watching how things are playing out, there is obviously a concern for everybody. So I just want to say that we still have room to really make things happen. Not just in the U.S., but for everywhere across the globe.