Wednesday, March 8th is International Women's Day.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continues to grow.
I honestly had never heard of or participated in anything thing to do with IWD but we are in a political climate where we need to do all we can to empower women of all ages, races and religions to use their inner power and gifts make an impact for good in the world.You can find a list of ideas on the IWD website.
I believe that women must support each other in our endeavors to change the world one female voice at a time. I am doing this for the sexism, pay gap, being overlooked for promotions because "I choose to have a baby at the wrong time." and many more infractions I have encountered in the workplace in my lifetime not to mention what the women before me had to deal with. But more importantly, I am doing this for my 13 year old daughter Audrey and for any other girl who has the right to be treated the same as any man in our society.
It is time to come together as women and make an impact in our world, communities, schools and with each other. Here are the actions that I am committed to take to support International Women's Day. I invite you to join me in some way.
Buy from companies that support women
Work for a progressive employer for women
Support or back a woman-owned business
Take a junior female colleague to a major meeting or event
Build conducive, flexible work environments
Get appointed to a board of directors
Mentor a woman and support her goals
Invite women into situations where they're not already present or contributing
Report on gender parity gaps and keep gender on the agenda
Create new opportunities for women
What are you gonna do?
P.S. Wanna talk about change? Then make sure you have reserved your spot at the table for Girls Night Out. This will be an epic night of food, wine, women and great conversations. Learn more HERE.