According to Psychology Today, the most common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking, manage debt and save money – all worthy endeavors. But experts say that more than 75 percent of all people fail at meeting their goals.
So why not scrap the traditional resolutions altogether? Instead, resolve to help improve the lives of women. Here are five resolutions you can make to help others.
- Support women candidates. Women bring a unique perspective and much-needed diversity to public office. Plus, recent studies show women politicians bring more money back to their districts than men do. But women with political ambition don’t always have access to the same resources men have. So lose the phrase, “I want to support a woman candidate but….,” and back her if she’s qualified and supports women’s rights.
- Learn to negotiate. Women still earn less than men for comparable work. There are many factors that contribute to this inequity including plain, old sexism. Help mitigate these factors by learning to advocate for fair pay. With strong negotiation skills, you can at least ask for fair equitable compensation. With more women on the payroll then men, and more women supporting their families, equal pay is not just an individual issue, it’s an economic one.
- Vote with your wallet. Women control more than 85 percent of all consumer purchases so use your power for good not evil. Make informed decisions about the products you buy and the companies with which you do business. Know where they stand on human rights, fair trade and environmental practices and send a message with every dollar you spend.
- Hone your typing skills. Women occupy only 22 percent of all leadership positions in journalism, according to the Whitehouse Report. As a result, women are often underrepresented or misrepresented in the mainstream media. But women are well represented in social media. Why not join them in 2010? Log on and blog, tweet, send a letter to the editor. Don’t let sexism go unchecked or women’s stories go unwritten.
- Consider microloans. Financial loans can make a difference in women’s lives across the globe. Just a small donation can help a woman by raw materials or equipment for her business. Studies show that women use the profits from their businesses to pay for education and healthcare and that repayment rates run between 95 and 98 percent. Care2 makes loaning money simple through its Butterfly Rewards program.
Happy New Year.