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March 8, 2011March 8 marks International Woman’s Day, a global celebration of women’s social, political and economic achievements. This year’s official theme, “Pathway to Decent Work for Women,” highlights the deep links between women’s economic empowerment and a safer, healthier, and more sustainable world.

What better way to mark the day than by celebrating it with new friends who share Catalyst’s mission?

I am in Tel Aviv this week to launch Catalyst’s first Israel Census. Over the next several days, I will be speaking to leading business women and men, NGOs, women’s groups, and academics about the Census findings, plus highlighting a theme I discussed in Catalyzing last week: “What’s measured gets done.”

Central to the new Israel Census, plus Catalyst’s just-released 2010 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Senior Officers and Top Earners and 2010 India Benchmarking Report, is the belief that you can’t fix what you can’t see. Precise counts of the number of women in business leadership allow us to take stock of how far we’ve come—and how far we need to go—to hit parity in the workplace.

Catalyst aims to change workplaces and lives on the global stage, so look out for more of our research in more countries in the future. In the meantime, here’s to the many wins for women this past year, and a happy International Women’s Day to all!