Hello SOTGC community,
The March 8th marked the annual ‘International Women’s Day’. It is a day to honor wives, girlfriends, sisters, mothers, and colleagues for their achievements and the inspiration they are to the world. It is celebrated around the world in different ways; some men pick up the meal duties for the day, some send their women in their lives flowers, and others simply say thank you. Whatever you do, we as women appreciate it.
But with any long lasting tradition we forget why we celebrate this day and the story begins in the early 1900’s, at a time of great expansion and turbulences in the industrialized world where women started to become more vocal and active to end women’s oppression and inequality. Finally in 1910, women from all across the world demanded that the day be celebrated across the world on the same day and so the unanimous approval was given to celebrate ‘International Women’s Day’. Women and men started campaigning for women’s right to work, vote, educate, hold public offices and much more. Ultimately in 1913, March 8th became the official day that until today stands for IWD. Companies, organizations, and even Google make an effort every year to support the meaning behind this day by changing the logo on its search engine.
While today’s generation is not impacted to the extend as females were back in the day, we still have a long way to go to reach equality in pay, see more females in boardrooms, and create a support system were all of this is possible. No wonder that the campaign of #leanin* has found such great popularity by focusing on encouraging women to go after their passions and pursue their ambitions. Women are unapologetically going after higher positions while still nurturing their little ones at home. Some contribute these new-found possibilities in thanks to their strong men standing behind them and allowing women to #leanback so that they can continue their education and career. This shift has been a welcomed change for women and men. Men enjoy just as much as women staying at home while seeing their families grow up. The ideology of men being breadwinners needs to be challenged so that we can become a more open and diverse society. For some this subject is a very sensitive one, but I am a firm believer that it doesn’t need to be. We can all discuss, and debate this while maybe finding new ways for equality in all aspects of life.
While IWD is celebrated on a particular day, don’t wait for a special day to come around to show your support for women across the nation. Every day with small little things we can say thanks. Thanks for being the inspiration, the support system, the role model, the mom/wife/sister. How will you change the conversation? Join us in celebrating the ever changing role of women.
*LeanIn supports women in 3 important ways; community, education, and circles. Changing the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can do, LeanIn.org is the next chapter. For more information and how to become a member, visit www.leanin.org