So, you’ve heard about International Women’s Day, right? The day where we celebrate the achievements of women and advocate for gender equality? Well, hold onto your hats, because corporations worldwide have turned it into a circus of commercialization. Let’s take a peek under the big top and see what absurdities we can find.

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The Corporate Carnival

Picture this: you stroll into a store and suddenly, it’s a sea of pink and slogans about female empowerment. From “feminist” socks to “girl power” notebooks, they’ve got it all. Because nothing screams “support for women” like buying a $50 candle shaped like a suffragette, am I right?

Tokenism Tango

But wait, there’s more! Corporations love to throw lavish events to pat themselves on the back for their supposed support of women. They’ll host brunches or panel discussions about “smashing the glass ceiling,” all while conveniently ignoring the fact that they’re the ones reinforcing it. It’s like watching a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat while pretending not to see the elephant in the room.

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Stereotype Shuffle

And let’s not forget the ads. You know the ones: women giggling over salads or effortlessly balancing a career, family, and perfect hair. Because apparently, that’s all we’re good for, right? Who needs real representation when you can just slap a #BossBabe hashtag on everything?

Activism Acrobatics

But hold onto your popcorn, because it gets even better. Some corporations take it a step further and try to hijack feminist movements for their own gain. You’ve got companies selling “empowerment” products made in sweatshops by underpaid women or using #MeToo to sell cosmetics. It’s like watching a clown try to juggle chainsaws while riding a unicycle – entertaining, but also kind of terrifying.

So, what’s the deal with corporate Women’s Day celebrations? It’s like a circus of exploitation – entertaining on the surface, but ultimately missing the mark. Instead of genuine support for women’s rights, we’re bombarded with empty gestures and shallow marketing ploys. Maybe it’s time to kick the clowns out of the tent and refocus on what really matters: creating a world where women are truly empowered, not just used as props for corporate profit.

Authentic Empowerment :

So, how do we cut through the corporate charade and achieve genuine empowerment for women? It starts with meaningful action. Companies need to go beyond surface-level gestures and commit to concrete changes in their policies and practices. This means implementing fair wages, offering equal opportunities for advancement, and fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment for all employees, regardless of gender.

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Moreover, genuine empowerment extends beyond the corporate sphere. It involves grassroots activism, community organizing, and policy advocacy to address systemic inequalities. Supporting organizations that uplift marginalized voices, investing in education and mentorship programs for women and girls, and amplifying diverse perspectives in media and public discourse are all crucial steps towards building a more equitable society. By prioritizing tangible progress over empty rhetoric, we can move closer to a world where women are truly empowered to thrive and lead in every aspect of life.

Investing in Women:

This year, the United Nations has unveiled a powerful theme for International Women’s Day 2024: “Invest in women: Accelerate progress.” It’s a simple yet profound call to action, urging us to support women’s businesses and economic empowerment as a means to drive progress for humanity.

On that note, let me share one of my invested companies in India:, a women entrepreneurs’ e-commerce and B2B platform which enables and supports several hundreds of women entrepreneurs in India.

Instead of the regular acrobatics, consider long-term tie-ups with these kinds of platforms and companies. Real empowerment begins there.

Happy International Women’s Month everyone! Let’s celebrate the womenpower that nurtures the planet and beyond!

Universal Love & Abundance


(Dr. CeeVee is the pen name of Dr. Chandra Vadhana R, Founder of Prayaana Labs and Managing Editor, of SheSight Magazine)

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