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Today it’s National Women’s Day in South Africa, and we want to pay tribute to all the hard-working, talented women who are making a difference in their communities, businesses and families. Especially the women of Blue Juice.

“As a mother of three I know first-hand that it takes courage, perseverance and passion to navigate being a mom and a business owner.  As a South African woman, I’m fortunate to say that I’ve never seen my gender as an obstacle in our journey to success. If anything, I see the fact that women are proven to naturally multi-task as a gift – one I put to good use daily.  My journey as an entrepreneur and Mom has been nothing short of amazing.  I hope to inspire other women to reach for the stars and know they can do it all!” Sandy Mays, Founder, Blue Juice Design

In the current business climate, although gender diversity is now at the top of most organisations’ agendas and evidence shows that workforce diversity breeds success, transformation is still moving slowly. Latest statistics from Grant Thornton show that globally the percentage of women in senior leadership roles is just 25%, and the percentage of organisations with no women in senior leadership roles has now risen to 34%.

Sheryl Sandberg’s thoughts about why we have too few women leaders and her advice on how women should ‘lean in’ instead of underestimating themselves are still relevant in today’s business environment. Click to watch her TED Talk >

National Women’s Day in South Africa commemorates the day in 1956 when 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws.

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