By Rebecca Webber
[Editor's Note: The following article originally posted in Daily Beast and features Dotti Hatcher, Executive Director of P.A.C.E. Global Initiatives, Gap Inc., and speaker at this year’s International Women’s Day Forum.]
The idea that work can empower women is not new. In fact, International Women’s Day, March 8, began over 100 years ago as a celebration of working women. It put the world on notice that one of the best paths to women’s equality is through job training, education and economic independence.
The years since have shown that when a woman succeeds in the workplace, everybody benefits—the woman, her family, her company, her community, and her nation. But today, although women make up 40 percent of the global workforce, in many countries their jobs are usually unskilled ones, clustered at the bottom of the pay ladder.
The question is how we can help ensure women get the training that will get them the jobs that use their full potential.
One program aiming to do just that is Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program, which...