Women’s History Month 2022 is approaching in March.
To create a better working environment for everyone, employers worldwide embrace diversity and inclusion practices. This March, you have the opportunity to recognize the women of history who have battled for equal rights and respect.
Women’s History Month Overview
Here is a brief overview of the most significant moments in the movement for gender equity during the last century.
1909: Women’s Day is first observed in New York City.
1911: The first International Women’s Day is celebrated.
1975: The United Nations recognizes and adopts International Women’s Day.
1980: President Jimmy Carter proclaims the inaugural National Women’s History Week.
1987: Congress enacts the first law establishing Women’s History Month.
Ideas for Women’s History Month at the Workplace
Organize a Women’s Empowerment Initiative
The month of Women’s History is an excellent time to get involved with organizations that support women and girls. Numerous organizations have corporate collaboration programs to generate a one-of-a-kind humanitarian opportunity for the organization as a whole.
You can initiate with the following suggestions:
Introduce Policies That Support a Family-Friendly Work-Life Balance
Working moms have a significant impact on their families’ relationships. The importance of balancing work and family obligations for working moms cannot be overstated.
Women, therefore, need workplace regulations that support a work-life balance. Maternity leave and a home office work schedule are examples of guidelines included in a job offer. If you want to implement any of these measures, March is the ideal time to do so. It’s time to take action!
Celebrate Women Through Virtual Team Building Session
Planning fun and meaningful virtual team-building sessions dedicated to all the women in your team is an experience like no other.
Loved by companies like LinkedIn, Google, Accenture, and Stripe, our virtual team-building activities will help your team learn and connect.
Share Women’s History Month Quotes
Sharing a powerful quote is a simple way to engage and encourage your team. Here are a handful of our favorite quotes from Women’s History Month:
“Here is to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of differences you want to make – Jane Goodall.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent – Eleanor Roosevelt.”
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations – Mae Jemison.”
Discuss Why Women are Underrepresented in Business and Government
Even though society has made progress in expanding women’s rights, there is still much to be done. It happens because women are underrepresented in various professions and our political leadership.
Play an interactive quiz with your group to find out more. Let people guess how many women hold top positions in various businesses or government departments. Set up an interactive team quiz using a platform like Kahoot or host a Women’s History Month Trivia Night.
Here are some surprising Women’s History Month facts:
In 2021, a record number of women were in charge of Fortune 500 firms. However, only 41 of the 500 CEOs on that list were women. Only 8.1% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
As a whole, women make up only 4.6% of the Global 500 CEO list. 23 of the 500 CEOs on this list are women.
In the 117th United States Congress, more women than ever before are also in charge of things. But, the representation of women in this important branch of government is still not even close to equal. Currently, just over 27% of Congress is made up of women.
Only 3.1% of all members of Congress have been women in the history of the United States.
Only ten countries in the world have a woman as their head of state, which is very rare. More than 13% of the world’s countries now have a woman as their head of government.
Utilize Social Media to Celebrate Women’s History Month
Take over your company’s corporate social media account for Women’s History Month!
Several strategies to promote Women’s History Month on social media:
Share your favorite quotes from Women’s History Month
Create inspiring stories about female entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, and leaders.
Diversify your feed by subscribing to more female-owned and female-run businesses and accounts.
Interview women in your business about their work experiences and write a blog post about it
Learn from the Best
Invite some well-known women to speak as guest speakers to learn from the best. You may also organize a panel of women to discuss your experiences. Remember, giving women a platform for their voices is critical, and it will help grow diversity.
Women’s History Month is unquestionably a time to honor all women. It’s also worth noting that this includes trans women, persons who identify as women, women with impairments, BIPOC women, women of various religions, sizes, and sexual orientations. Also, honor women regardless of whether or not they have children or marriages.
At its heart, Women’s History Month is about equity and inclusion, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to be heard. By looking at things through an intersectional lens, you’ll be able to embrace the spirit of the occasion fully. It helps your team learn more and make your workplace a more positive and welcoming place for everyone.
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