March 8th was International Women’s Day, and I was honored to represent The
The NASDAQ and partners UN Women, the UN Global Compact, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, International Finance Corporation, Women in ETFs (exchange traded-funds), and the World Federation of Stock Exchanges joined 34 other exchanges in hosting Closing Bell ceremonies focused on International Women’s Day. It was a symbolic, inspiring act designed to call attention to the significance of gender equality as it relates to sustainable economic development and business.
I had never imagined I would have the opportunity to be at the NASDAQ. The greatest U.S. technology companies are listed on the NASDAQ, and it is the second-largest exchange in the world. Having spent most of my career in government prior to joining The
The buzz in the room was palpable. Women made up the majority of the group that day, it was International Women’s Day, so I guess was fitting that women were over-represented! For some, it was their first time at the NASDAQ (like me), but others worked in finance and had been there many times before. For some, getting to the NASDAQ was just a taxi ride away, but others came from around the globe to celebrate and call attention to International Women’s Day. The one common thread was that each person there was involved in working toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of gender equality. This commonality of purpose, despite the differences of backgrounds, made the excitement that much greater.
I became increasingly involved in gender equality work when I joined The
Study after study has shown a direct correlation between more women in the workforce and a higher GDP. I consider myself lucky to work for The
Missy Owens (second from left in the photo above) is director of public affairs and diplomatic relations at The
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