Gender Equality and Sustainability

Gender Equality and Sustainability

August 26th is Women's Equality Day established by Congress in 1971 to celebrate the progress women made for equal rights. Today, it is more important then ever to remember that the fight is not over. Gender inequality is still an issue and measured by three indexes; reproductive health, empowerment, and the labor market. Leveling the playing field between men and women will improve the overall quality of life throughout the world.

Global Impact

The United Nations has identified 17 goals towards sustainable development and #5 is Gender Equality noted as the "Foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world". As you can see by the infographic below there is still work to be done.

United Nations Gender Equality InfoGraphic

US Woman-Owned Businesses

Studies by the census bureau for 2017 - 2018 indicate woman-owned businesses in the United States were on the rise. 
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Pandemic Impact on Women

The research discussed during the Federal Reserve Board's Gender and the Economy Conference indicates how the pandemic impacted women more than men.
  • 25 percent of mothers reported that they did not work or worked less due to the pandemic
  • Single mothers had less financial cushion going into the COVID-19 recession and higher unemployment rates during the recession than single fathers and women without children
  • In 2020, women were more likely to have credit card debt, to be denied or approved for less when they apply for credit, and if approved rates were often higher than men
  • Women-owned businesses especially by Black women, faced more financial and operational challenges during the pandemic and were less likely to receive financing than men-owned businesses.

Resources for Woman-Owned Businesses

  • Certify as a woman-owned business (WOSB) and qualify for special federal contracts. 
  • Join a women-focused business group. Search for a group local to your community or one with national coverage.
  • Ask your providers such as banks, credit cards, and utilities if they have special programs for woman-owned businesses

As a women-owned company, The Savvy Elephant is excited to support other socially responsible women who have taken their passion to live a healthy sustainable lifestyle and turned it into thriving sustainable businesses.  View our Women Owned Collection Here.

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