With more of us plugged into social media, we’re able to read and watch stories pour in from all corners of the world about women living courageous lives and accomplishing extraordinary feats. We’ve celebrated our successes and triumphs and rallied against injustices and crimes against us. We’ve howled in anger watching videos of women being physically abused and cried tears of joy while witnessing women beat incredible odds to survive. It only makes sense that we dedicate the entire month of March to celebrating women, and not just the day, March 8.
Brief HistoryThe first celebration for the rights of women started with the National Woman's Day (NWD) which was observed across the United States on February 28 in 1909. Then in 1910, an International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen during which the idea for an international Women's Day was fleshed out. It was not until 1975 that the United Nations formally established March 8 as International Women’s Day and even with that, not much happened in terms of celebrations to mark the day for the rest of the 20th century. The millennium changed this, and likely due to increased access to the internet around the world and the explosion of social media, women all over began to actively celebrate the day.
What it Means To Us
As a business owned by women, we celebrate the beauty and power of women everyday but having a month dedicated to women raises awareness around the issues that primarily affect us. Women still experience gender based inequality in educational attainment, pay rates and healthcare. Even COVID 19 has had an outsized effect on women too, as care for young children has fallen primarily on us and has sent women’s workforce progress backwards.
So as we finish out Women’s History Month this March, here are few things you can do to support the women in your life:
Connect women in your network who you think can benefit from each other.
Be a cheerleader when you see a woman doing something inspiring with her career or business and share it.
Finally, we are all living through a very challenging period, check in and remind the women in your life to once in a while unplug so they can recharge.