In honor of Women’s History Month, we invite you to learn about the impact and accomplishments of women worldwide. The month of March is dedicated to reflecting on and honoring the often-overlooked contributions made by women all around the globe. Here at Hyve we are taking time to understand how Women’s History Month is celebrated around the world, while spotlighting some of our favorite trailblazers.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 as a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women. A lot of special events take place in towns and cities all over the UK to celebrate International Women’s Day. There are exhibitions, theatre shows, talks, discussions, walking tours, films, workshops, fun runs and so much more. In 1914, women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women’s solidarity. For example, in London in the United Kingdom there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women’s suffrage on March 8, 1914.
This holiday brings joy for ladies, especially mothers, as they are rewarded with flowers and gifts for the happiness they bring into our lives. At school, children are creating ingenious handmade crafts, beautiful cards from their pictures or they compose sweet poems to provide the most beautiful gift for their mothers. The entire country, recently brought to life by the blossoming spring becomes animated, swarming, but still picturesque and comfortable.
Whether you are single, in love, married or engaged in a relationship, March 8th is girl’s night out. There are so many parties in town that you will find it difficult to choose one. Most of the companies grant days off to women on 8 March or at least they allow them to go home a few hours earlier. Some of them are also organizing parties or trips exclusively for women, paid by their male colleagues.
After the unexpectedly large-scale success of the general strike in Spain in 2018 in which more than 5 million people walked out for 24 hours, the country continues to take to the streets. While a mass strike is not necessarily the focus of future International Women’s Days, the Spanish people are clear in their aim to increasingly focus on rights for women and girls.
The day is marked by marches through several cities, particularly the capital, Santiago, with protesters wearing green handkerchiefs to symbolize their support of sexual and reproductive rights.
Celebrated since the 1900s, Argentinians typically marked International Women’s Day by giving presents to the women in their lives. However, in recent years protests have become a regular feature, with citizens increasingly taking to the streets to demonstrate against violence, the still-present pay gap, equal representation in the arts, and other social change.
In China, International Women’s Day is celebrated by showing women lots of love and respect. Employed women are officially entitled to a half a day off on 8th March each year. On Women’s Day in China, men treat women with special surprises, gifts, cards and flowers. China also celebrates Girl’s Day on 7th March.
Nemzetközi nőnap, or International Women’s Day in Hungary is a special holiday set aside just for women. In Hungary, Women’s Day means lots of gift-giving and every hölgy, or “lady,” enjoys receiving gifts and sweet wishes.
International African Women’s Day (IWWD) has been commemorated every 31 July since 1974. It was on the initiative of Aoua Keita, a Malian activist and politician, that 31 July was declared International African Women’s Day in 1974. A memorable date, because twelve years earlier, on 31 July 1962 to be precise, women from all over the African continent met for the first time in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and created the Pan-African Women’s Organization, the very first women’s organization in Africa.
This month we are fully embracing equity! Specifically, we are spotlighting gender equity, or respect for all people without discrimination, regardless of their gender. It also means addressing gender inequalities that may limit a person’s ability to access opportunities. See our Hyve team members from across the globe strike the #embraceequity pose while giving themselves some love.
RECOGNIZING FAMOUS WOMEN IN HISTORY
Throughout the years, women have made history through their impact in a variety of areas such as sports, science, literature, leadership, and more! The following are just a few women who are renowned in history for being pioneers and going against their time period’s status quo.
Jill Scott, Footballer
Scott began her senior England career on the August 21, 2006, during the Lionesses’ victory over the Netherlands where she scored in the 6-1 win over Argentina. During her 13-year senior career with the national side, Scott bagged 19 goals, frequently stepping up when her country needed her the most. Her last appearance was in 2022 at the European Championship where she left the bench and helped England to win against Germany, marking her 170th international appearance, just before her retirement in August 2022.
Emmeline Pankhurst, Political Activist
Emmeline Pankhurst was an English political activist who organised the UK suffragette movement and helped women win the right to vote. In 1999, Time named her as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, stating that “she shaped an idea of objects for our time” and “shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back”.
Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II was Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. She was queen regnant of 32 sovereign states during her lifetime, and was head of state of 15 realms at the time of her death. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days was the longest of any British monarch and the longest verified reign of any female monarch in history.
Kamala Harris - First Vice President in United State of America
Kamala Devi Harris born October 20, 1964) is an American politician and attorney who is the 49th and current vice president of the United States. She is the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African American and first Asian American vice president. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the attorney general of California from 2011 to 2017 and as a United States senator representing California from 2017 to 2021.
Born in Oakland, California, Harris graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. As a senator, she advocated for healthcare reform, federal de-scheduling of cannabis, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act, a ban on assault weapons, and progressive tax reform.
Malala Yousafzai, Activist for Female Educations
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani female education activist and the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Awarded when she was 17, she is the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and the second Pakistani and the first Pashtun to receive a Nobel Prize. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native homeland, Swat, where the Pakistani Taliban have at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement.
Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, Computer Scientist
Anne-Marie Osawemwenze Ore-Ofe Imafidon MBE HonFREng is a British-Nigerian computer scientist. Imafidon founded and became CEO of Stemettes in 2013, a social enterprise promoting women in STEM careers. She was a computing, mathematics and language child prodigy, having been one of the youngest people to pass two GCSEs in two different subjects while in primary school. In June 2022, she was announced as the British Science Association’s new President. She also works with organizations such as the BBC and 20th Century Fox to increase the representation of female technologists on screen.
Ursula M. Burns - American Businesswoman
Ursula M. Burns (born September 20, 1958) is an American businesswoman. Burns is mostly known for being the CEO of Xerox from 2009 to 2016, the first among black women to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and the first woman to succeed another as head of a Fortune 500 company. She additionally was Xerox’s chairman from 2010 to 2017. In 2014, Forbes rated her the 22nd most powerful woman in the world. Among other civic positions, she was a leader of the STEM program of the White House from 2009 to 2016, and head of the President’s Export Council from 2015 until 2016.