How can you celebrate the women in your life?
Since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day has brought together governments, organizations, corporations, and charities to celebrate women’s achievements and call for gender equality. You can take part in this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8.
The theme for this year is #BeBoldForChange, and the event website says, “Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world—a more inclusive, gender equal world.” There are a number of ways you can support this effort, either in your personal life, locally, or globally. The goal is to “help forge a better working world—a more inclusive, gender equal world.” That inclusivity and equality benefits everyone.
Part of celebrating this day is about values. The ten International Women's Day values are:
Think about ways you can integrate these values into your daily activities, at work, with your friends, and at home with your family.
One of the biggest issues affecting women around the world today is the gender gap. According to the World Economic Forum, employers can help workplaces be more gender equal in the following ways:
- Help women to have a balance between their work lives and their home lives.
- Offer flexible work hours and support women in taking advantage of these opportunities.
- Provide training for women in areas of leadership and development.
- Make it easier for women to see clearly their potential career paths and salaries within a company.
- Support integrating women into the value chain.
- Measure the company’s progress toward gender equity.
Test your knowledge of Women’s Firsts
One way to celebrate International Women’s Day is to review your knowledge of some of the great “firsts” that women have achieved in the United States. How many of these did you already know about?
1848: Seneca Falls, NY, hosts the first women’s-rights convention
1869: Wyoming Territory is the first to grant women the right to vote
1910: Alice Stebbins Wells is the first American woman police officer
1912: The Girl Scouts are established
1916: Jeannette Rankin is the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress; Margaret Sanger opens the U.S.’s first birth-control clinic
1921: Edith Wharton is the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize
1923: Activist Alice Paul first proposes the Equal Rights Amendment
1925: Nellie Taloe Ross is the first woman governor (Wyoming)
1928: Amelia Earhart is the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane
1933: Frances Perkins is the first female member of a U.S. Presidential cabinet (U.S. Secretary of Labor)
1934: Lettie Pate Whitehead is the first female director of a major corporation (the Coca-Cola Company)
1942: Anna Leah Fox is the first woman to receive a Purple Heart
1943: The first professional baseball league for female players is established—The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
1949: Sara Christian is the first female competitor in a major league NASCAR stock car race
1957: Decoy: Police Woman is the first TV show featuring a female protagonist
1960: The FDA approves the first birth-control drug (“The Pill”)
1970: Patricia Palinkas is the first woman to play in an American pro football game
1977: Janet Guthrie is the first woman to drive in the Indy 500
1981: Sandra Day O’Connor is the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court
1982: Sally Ride is the first American woman to travel in space
1984: Geraldine Ferraro is the first female vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket
1987: Aretha Franklin is the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1983: Janet Reno is the first female U.S. Attorney General
1992: Manon Rheaume is the first woman to play in an NHL game
1997: Madeleine Albright is the first female U.S. Secretary of State
2007: As the first female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking woman in U.S. political history
2010: Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director
2015: Jennifer Welter is the first woman to coach professional football
2016: Hillary Clinton is first female presidential nominee of a major party
All of these impressive firsts have paved the way for the next generation of success. On this March 8th, take some time to reflect on the history and future of women. That’s all it takes to be part of International Women’s Day!