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Ashland Continues its Drive Toward International Gender Equality

In recognition of International Women’s Day, Ashland Inc. is shining a spotlight on 30 inspirational female solvers from across the company to recognize their contributions, reinforce gender equity, drive parity, and help fuel inspiration for women in every corner of the world. 

During the annual event, organized by the Ashland International Women’s Network (AWIN), the company increased support for their ongoing partnership with greenlight4girls (g4g), an international nonprofit organization that encourages girls (and boys) of any nation and age to consider science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum and STEM-related careers. Ashland’s $25,000 commitment to g4g honors the awards recipients by continuing to fund the organization’s global work to instill confidence in girls and to share the fun and function of science in all its forms.

Ashland also announced its Responsible Solvers™ employee engagement and speaker series for 2024 which includes external and internal speakers. Last month, the African Descendants Network and AWIN sponsored an exclusive 90-minute session with Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, a globally recognized, multiple award-winning scholar, human development consultant, author, researcher, professor, and leader, about The Power of Resonance: From an African Descent Employee Network to Social Inclusion for All. Additional speakers are planned for the year.

As a global company with more than 50% of its employees outside of the United States, Ashland has increased female representation globally by 3% to 31% over the last three years and today, 37% of the company’s global leaders are women.

“Through the Ashland Women’s International Network (AWIN), we are raising the visibility of exceptionally inspirational women,” said Guillermo Novo, chair and CEO, Ashland. “Furthering our commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG), Ashland will continue our social focus on STEM and inclusion and diversity.”

“Our objectives and the mission of greenlight4girls are aligned — together, we are training the next generation of women leaders. Our commitment reinforces Ashland’s passion for STEM, its pervasiveness in our lives, and contributions to our business success,” concluded Novo.

To learn more, visit www.ashland.com/iwd2024.

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