I believe that you have to be absolutely insane if you truly believe that girls are going to change the world. If you approach the imminent change that is going to occur with your sane mind, you will be an individual who will be fighting a losing battle. I am inviting you to become insane in the context of this conversation; however, I further invite you to not wait for this change to occur, but to deliberately drive it, welcome it and embrace that change.
As women begin to further close the gender gap in economics, education, politics, health and break through glass ceilings and limitations placed on them by men in positions of power, you will become aware that the true insanity is in the sanity. The sanity, or normal thinking, would say that men are superior, stronger, smarter, the head of the house. When I am pointed to the source of these beliefs, my awareness is who the author is. Just like when I am told that I should drink more milk because it builds stronger bones and does a body good, all I need to do is check the author to figure out who is pushing the message and whether there is any bias.
One day my 9-year-old stepdaughter Sophia came downstairs with a T-shirt on that said, “Girls will change the world” and my mind immediately started churning. Why is there a need for women to fight for equality? Who are they fighting against? Whose permission do they need for that equality to be a reality? Why do those individuals have that power? What is the keeper of this power and permission afraid of?
Girls are indeed changing the world, and it is a change that is long overdue, and it is occurring too slowly in the collision industry. Women only make up 9.6 percent of the people working in the automotive repair and maintenance industry. In 2018, only 16 women (8 percent) were executives in the top 20 motor vehicle and parts companies in the Fortune Global 500. This is a small change from 14 women (7 percent) in 2014.
Over half (56 percent) of C-Suite leaders in the global automotive industry point to women as a critical pool of underutilized talent.
The reality that we are experiencing needs to switch from “changing” to “changed” the world. As long as there is an “ing,” the change remains a “someday” conversation. It is time for that change to occur today.
We don’t need a presidential edict or laws from some legislative body to make this change happen. We do not need a miracle from a supernatural being. We do not need to sign off on some check list that says X, Y and Z need to be done first. This is simply a matter of doing the right thing.