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 the often-overlooked contributions made by women.
I. SENECA FALLS CONVENTION: THE ORIGINS OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Held in July 1848, the Seneca Falls Convention was the first women’s rights convention in the United States. This historically significant convention launched the women’s suffrage movement, which more than seven decades later ensured women the right to vote. The Seneca Falls Convention fought for the social, civil and religious rights of women. With the discussion of 11 resolutions on women’s rights – all passed unanimously except for the ninth: the right to vote.
Women’s History Month began as a weeklong proclamation in 1980 by US President Jimmy Carter. The week of March 8th was originally designated as National Women’s History Week, however in 1987 Congress identified the entire month of March as Women’s History Month.
Today, Women’s History Month is not just recognized in the United States, it is now a global celebration.
Learn about the global history of women’s rights with the United Nations, and the diverse achievements and impact made by women worldwide. Watch here.
Explore women in history all across the globe and learn about the many famous firsts in women’s history! From raising families to leading armies, women such as Catherine the Great, Queen Elizabeth I, Susan B. Anthony and countless others have played a vital role in human civilization. Click here.
Why is women’s history month in March? Learn here.
II. WHY WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT MATTERS
Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore half of its potential. Today, gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress. As women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership. Women’s empowerment is essential to expand economic growth and promote social development. The full participation of women in labor forces would add percentage points to most national growth rates.
Gender equality, globally, is crucial as it is a fundamental human right. Advancing gender equality is critical to all areas of a healthy society, from reducing poverty to promoting the health, education, protection and the well-being of both girls and boys.
Read the United Nation’s statistics on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.
III. RECOGNIZING FAMOUS WOMEN IN HISTORY
Throughout the years, women have made history through their impact in a variety of areas such as science, mathematics, aviation, 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.
Austen’s novels are funny, endearing, and thought provoking as it opened initiated a conversation on women’s roles within society. Austen had to hide her identity as an author of some of the most popular novels of her day. It wasn’t until she had passed that her brother, Henry, revealed to the public that she was the real author. Her literary influence remains as her novels’ themes and lessons are still relevant.
Working with her husband, Marie Curie discovered polonium and radium, winning a Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering radioactivity. She later won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry and was not only the first woman but also the only woman to win the award in two different fields.
A German girl and Jewish victim of the Holocaust, Anne and her family went into hiding for two years to avoid Nazi persecution. Her documentation of this time, The Diary of Anne Frank, has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into 70 languages.
A civil rights activist, poet and award-winning author, Maya Angelou is known for her acclaimed 1969 memoir, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ as well as her numerous poetry and essay collections. Her works have earned her more than 30 honorary degrees as well as nominations for a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.
A former slave, Sojourner Truth became an outspoken advocate for abolition, temperance, and civil and women’s rights in the nineteenth century. Her Civil War work earned her an invitation to meet President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
Called “the mother of the civil rights movement,” Rosa Parks invigorated the struggle for racial equality when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks’ arrest on December 1, 1955, launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott by 17,000 black citizens.
Her patronages initially centered on children and youth, but she later became known for her involvement with AIDS patients and campaign for the removal of landmines. She also raised awareness and advocated ways to help people affected with cancer and mental illness.
IV. ALLYSHIP: MOBILIZING TOGETHER TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY
Investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment can unlock human potential on a transformational scale. For societies to thrive, both women and men must have equal access to education, healthcare, technology, and resources. As peacebuilders and leaders, they must have equal rights and opportunities.
Transforming the ways in which we engage men and boys in gender equality and women’s empowerment efforts is essential to long-lasting social change.
Allies recognize unearned privileges in their personal and professional lives while taking responsibility to end patterns of injustice. It can be done so by supporting others and by using one’s position of privilege to bring visibility and tangible change to systemic issues.
Harvard Business Review’s How Men Can Become Better Allies to Women provides guidance on how male allyship can promote gender equality.
Read about the UN’s Twelve Small Actions with Big Impact for Generation Equality here.
ALLYSHIP & GENDER EQUALITY
Allyship isn’t just men supporting women, it also means women supporting women. Check out our panel discussions, consisting of Hyve women from all over the world, talk about the challenges over this last year.
GENDER EQUALITY TAKES ON MANY AREAS, INCLUDING WOMEN AS LEADERS
Jay Shenoy, VP of Technology, takes on an engineer’s approach to the subject of women as leaders. Read about it here.
Hyve’s President, Steve Ichinaga, inspired by Jay’s article, notes, “I’m very fortunate to have worked with many talented women as leaders…” Read Steve’s essay on Women in Leadership here.
Read why Stacey McAdam, Operations Manager, writes what fuels her “ambivalence between pride and disgruntlement,” when it comes to gender roles here.
“When I was little, leaders seemed much more like rule keepers,” notes Ally Yang, Manager, Software Engineering. Read her thoughts on leadership traits in her essay From Ego to Eco, here.
Show you’re an ally by using the Hyve Teams Background for Women’s History Month here.
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