This March, we celebrate the 34th anniversary of Women’s History Month, and honor the achievements and advancements women have made to history, culture, business, government and society in the United States. The celebration is rooted in a pivotal moment in 1908, when thousands of women took to New York City streets to demand better pay and the right to vote. Fueled by this impassioned turnout, the Socialist Party of America established the first National Women’s Day a year later. This idea sparked a series of conversations around the globe, making its way to German socialist, Clara Zetkin, who worked with women across 17 countries to formally honor International Women’s Day on March 8, 1911.
The movement was not as widespread in the U.S. during this time because of its ties to socialism, but it started to gain popularity from the undeniable need to recognize and correct the inequalities women faced. International Women’s Day wasn’t made official in the U.S. until 1975, when the United Nations (UN) began sponsoring the celebration. In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in California became the catalyst for extending the day-long celebration to a week through essay contests, presentations and parades.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week, and two years later, a Congressional resolution made it officially, “Women’s History Week.” Schools and organizations around the country integrated the celebrations into their curriculums and programs with great success, and by 1986, 14 states had extended their celebrations to a month. The groundswell of support led Congress to declare the event a month-long celebration, on March 12, 1987.
The National Women’s History Project (NWHP) sets an annual theme to mark the start of the celebration. This year’s theme carries over from 2020: “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.” While 2020 had its challenges, it also celebrated the centennial of women’s voting rights and brought to the forefront the urgency for intersectional discourse in the women’s movement.
Each year’s celebration is an ode to the past, and a nod to new opportunities in women’s advancement and equality. Our member organizations understand this and have shared all the ways they’re acknowledging Women’s History Month this year. In addition to our Women’s History Month Resource Hub that showcases important historical facts and current resources, below are examples of how DBP member companies celebrate women’s achievements, and illustrate their commitment to strengthening women’s inclusion and advancement.
In honor of Women’s History Month, AbbVie’s Women Leaders in Action Employee Resource Group will host a series of speakers and virtual events throughout March for all AbbVie employees. They also plan to acknowledge the month via social media posts throughout the month.
Here’s what Alight Solutions is doing in support of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month:
Supporting the “Choose to Challenge” theme, they identified two speakers who are trailblazers and have succeeded in business, and who have expertise in women’s areas: Dr. Rachel Yvonne Dalton, entrepreneur, coach and motivational speaker; and Edna Ambundo, Director of India Global Technology & Design for Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd.
Alight Solutions has a large team that is partnering with leaders across the globe to support local violence against women organizations, and to provide education highlighting the challenges that many women face inside and outside of the workforce.
The “Choose to Challenge” selfie card can be shared on social media using a custom hashtag #bealightforwomen and the IWD hashtag #choosetochallenge
Workshop- 50 Ways to Fight Bias
Hosted by Xan Daniels, 50 Ways to Fight Bias is a program designed by Lean In to empower all employees to identify and challenge bias, taking place on March 23.
MS Teams Backgrounds and LinkedIn banner
Employees can download custom backgrounds on MS Teams and LinkedIn banners to use throughout March.
Spotlights every week during March to highlight colleagues who are sharing their stories about what the theme of International Women’s Day means to them.
AlixPartners has the following events and programs lined up for March and International Women’s Day, which their WE Matters ERG is helping to organize:
The Baxter Women Leaders (BWL) business resource group has several events and activities planned in celebration of Women’s History Month.
On International Women’s Day, BWL will host an online chat through Baxter’s internal social media platform. Participants are encouraged to wear purple, the official color of International Women’s Day, and share their thoughts around the theme, “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.”
Embracing diverse perspectives of different genders helps to drive the best performance of all employees. That’s why, on March 16, BWL will present an in-depth discussion of gender differences featuring guest speaker Barbara Annis, CEO of Gender Intelligence Group.
To close out Women’s History Month, BWL is also hosting a virtual conversation, on March 25, about actionable ways to build resilience in the workplace.
In observance of Women’s History Month, the GROW (Growing Representation & Opportunities for Women) Business Resource Group is hosting and promoting several exciting events during the month of March.
International Women’s Day & U.S. GROW Kick-Off
The U.S. chapters of GROW will start the month with a three-day speaker series focused on gender equality, influencing, and empowerment. Highlights from each day include the following:
In support of International Women’s Day, Bayer will launch a campaign during March inviting employees to #ChooseToChallenge how they will help forge a gender-equal world. They are providing tools to help employees make a pledge, and share internally and externally.
To close out the month, GROW will sponsor a free webinar for its employees, presented by Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), titled, “Good Guys: How Men Can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace.”
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Dinsmore is organizing a website and social media campaign to run through the end of March beginning on International Women’s Day (March 8th). A dedicated page of the firm website will feature female attorneys and staff members sharing their stories of challenging gender bias and inequity in their career and in life. We will also feature statements from male allies and a client partner. Dinsmore’s celebration of women has become an annual tradition supported and organized in part by the firm’s Women’s Initiative.
Join us by using this link.
Experian is launching a global campaign inviting all employees to join the International Women’s Day celebration by sharing on the company’s internal communication platform what they #ChooseToChallenge to help promote a gender equal world.
Brian Cassin, CEO, is hosting a fireside chat with the women of the Experian board to hear their stories, learn from their experience and find out their views on how to drive positive change and future growth.
To support global activity, Experian will be hosting regional leadership panel discussions and keynote speaker events tackling a range of topics from authenticity, to empowerment and overcoming adversity.
“Celebrating, Advocating & Empowering Women”
First Horizon Corporation has created a month of activities in observance of Women’s History Month. Intentional about building cultural competence related to women’s issues, First Horizon created these activities to provide opportunities, empowerment and advocacy to women, and celebrate their contributions.
First Horizon will be hosting WebEx Events focused on women’s issues to include guided conversations, panel discussion, and celebratory topics:
Social Media Spotlights
Weekly posts spotlight women with First Horizon, and their contributions to the organization and the community.
Opportunities for all to engage at all levels. A list of books, videos, coloring pages for children, and community organizations focused on women’s issues. Examples listed below:
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Women’s Leadership Network is hosting the first all virtual, global, two-day event on March 10 and 11.
The theme of this year’s event is #ChoosetoChallenge – A challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
Agenda & program includes:
Global Kick-Off featuring Abby Wambach
“A challenged world is an alert world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.”
Development Session: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome featuring Brazilian journalist, Gloria Maria
“The courage to challenge requires confidence.”
In celebration of International Women’s Day, IPG’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), is engaging in, #ChooseToChallenge, an initiative launched by the IWD website.
Our March 5, IPG WLN Co-Chairs from different chapters across the country will share what they “Choose to Challenge” – gender bias and beyond. Each post will include #IPGChoosetoChallenge #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 #InternationalWomensDay
As part of the celebration, JLL created a global campaign toolkit designed to inspire employees to share their personal commitment to IWD through custom social media tiles and prompts for telling their story.
Whether it’s a simple recognition of IWD itself, thoughts on the “Choose to Challenge” IWD theme, a celebration of women’s achievements, or perspectives on a diverse and inclusive world, JLL employees are encouraged to create a personal social media post on IWD using the hashtags #IWD2021, #ChooseToChallenge and #JLLWomenInspire.
JLL is also creating a video that showcases the many ways they are committed to achieving more gender parity in the world. The video will be shared across the organization and posted globally on JLL social media handles on IWD.
The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Women’s Network is hosting two virtual sessions to recognize the achievements of pioneering women during Women’s History Month.
Additionally, the Lincoln Laboratory Heritage Month Video Committee is creating a video celebrating the achievements of women in the workplace and acknowledging the challenges ahead.
MongoDB is celebrating Women’s History Month with a variety of events hosted by MDBWomen, MongoDB’s Women’s Group:
In honor of Women’s History Month, Moody’s will launch a designated Gender and Finance hub featuring a range of business offerings, leadership programs and community partnerships that center on promoting gender equality. In addition, the employee-led Women’s Business Resource Group will hold virtual events and activities across the U.S. and globally to celebrate the accomplishments of women, and address the barriers women still face in the workplace and greater society. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host a “Phenomenal Women” speaker series. Throughout March, we will also profile leading women at Moody’s to recognize their contributions and give them a platform for guiding the next generation of leaders.
Northern Trust is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month in March, including commemorating International Women’s Day on March 8—a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Programming for the month include:
Northrop Grumman is proud to honor the extraordinary determination and tenacity of women. During Women’s History Month, the Northrop Grumman International Women’s Network (NGWIN) employee resource group, in partnership with corporate citizenship and the diversity, equity and inclusion groups, will host several live virtual events to highlight the achievements of women around the world. Truly a global celebration, activities will be happening at Northrop Grumman sites in the United States, Japan, Australia, South Korea and the United Kingdom, providing a wealth of inspiration, resources and information on women’s health and well-being.
On March 8, Northrop Grumman will join the global celebration recognizing the economic, political and social achievements of women, during International Women’s Day. Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumman’s chairman, chief executive officer and president, will kick-off the company’s celebration with opening remarks related to this year’s theme “Choose to Challenge.”
Northrop Grumman will also participate in the Dress for Success’s annual campaign for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The campaign calls on individuals to give just one hour of pay to help women achieve financial independence and upward mobility. This year the campaign will introduce “31 Days of Women in Power” to” to celebrate and highlight the importance of female leadership, with Kathy Warden being recognized as one of the 31 female executives.
In addition to the above, Northop Grumman is hosting a series of events throughout Women’s History Month:
March 1-29 – Candy Contest
Retail Business Services is connecting International Women’s Day as part of our overall Women’s History Month planning. We are also leveraging some of our external partners as part of our offerings to our associates:
Scotiabank’s 2021 International Women’s Day campaign’s central theme is “Said Before / She Said” – drawing on the idea that women have been saying the same thing about equality for a long time. While much has changed, women still have a long way to go. The campaign features quotes from influential women in history and galvanizes people to act, so the next generation doesn’t have to repeat those words again. In doing this, Scotiabank will thoughtfully capture attention to advance a call for equality for every future.
Internal: The company will be hosting a global, virtual event called the “She Said Summit,” for all employees, featuring six sessions centered around our three important stakeholder groups: employees, customers, and communities. The objective is to showcase Scotiabank as the employer of choice for the diverse communities it serves, by offering employees options to engage in the topics that matter to them most, while featuring some top emerging women and committed men allies.
External: “Said Before” will be used to thoughtfully capture attention and advance a call for equality in a way that’s personal, emotional, and can’t be ignored. The company will feature women of today repeating words from women of the past, bringing the idea to life through a short film, a social media campaign and more. The external marketing campaign is available in several countries in which Scotiabank operates.
Using the International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge theme Sodexo with the SoTogether Employee Business Resource Group celebrate Women’s History Month (WHM) and International Women’s Day (IWD).
Sodexo is renewing its global IWD job shadowing initiative, SheWorks, that was launched in 2019. During the month of March, Sodexo Managers are volunteering to connect with women from ethnic communities, individuals with disabilities, and work-eligible refugees to expose them to job opportunities they may not have previously considered. Through this experience, SheWorks participants are realizing their potential and opportunities for economic independence. Additionally, on IWD, SoTogether Employee Business Resource Group will offer a virtual professional development session titled, “Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough.” In the spirit of “Choose To Challenge”, participants will be invited to check their biases – in the actions they take and the decision they make – towards achieving women’s equality.
SoTogether is engaging in several activities during WHM and through the year. Their virtual National Annual Meeting will take place on March 23. Members will be encouraged to “Choose To Challenge” by calling out gender bias and inequality, celebrating women’s achievements, and questioning stereotypes to help forge a more inclusive world.
WHM and IWD are being promoted across Sodexo locations using various channels including posters, internal websites, newsletters, and social media.
Starbucks Women’s History Month 2021 theme is, “OUR FUTURE IS TOGETHER.” The company says: “This year’s Women’s History Month gives us five weeks of opportunities to learn, to be inspired and to take action to lift each other up. To elevate, advocate and amplify marginalized voices. To come together around the belief that every woman’s success is critical to our collective success. With topics that cover intersectional feminism, incarceration, challenges of caregiving, suffrage, indigenous rights, and race and equity, this year’s programming brings us together through not only awareness but action. Because we are our future, and our future is together.”
Women of Starbucks – WEEK ONE
Women’s History Month programming will open with a celebration of the diverse and intersectional voices of Starbucks partners.
Women, Prisons and Change – WEEK TWO
Events during week two will focus on exploring the experience of female incarceration, the challenges formerly incarcerated women can experience during reentry and what Starbucks can do to support. Featuring Lucy Helm.
Creating Equity for All Women – WEEK THREE
Race, gender and sexual identity are key areas where policy makers are working to create positive change for all women. These speakers will discuss opportunities for building equity through policy and practice.
Indigenous Women’s Rights – WEEK FOUR
During week four, there will be a deep dive into challenges facing Indigenous women, including women’s suffrage, voting and land rights, period poverty, violence against Indigenous women, and the myriad cultural roles and values of Indigenous women.
Self-Care While Caregiving – WEEK FIVE
A meditation session or a virtual yoga class will be taught by Java Gym’s Candace Conaty.
Over the last 75 years, TDIndustries, Inc. (TD) has supported women in the industry by providing equal opportunities for women to give back and grow business lines in construction technology, service, facility maintenance, multifamily and more. TD has a long history of women who trailblaze, including Founder Jack Lowe Sr.’s mother and aunt, who played a critical role in launching TD in 1946.
Women’s History Month
Focus: Highlighting key female Partners within TDIndustries, and the roles they play within the organization
Additional Area of Focus
In March, women will be celebrated through a series of internal and external efforts, for team members, supplier partners, and customers. From sharing inspiring stories on social media, hosting learning events for team members, recognizing the month in the online circular, acknowledging International Women’s Day and #ChoosetoChallenge biases, to building allyship, and encouraging the team to wear purple to show solidarity, Giant says it is committed to celebrating women and their impact, both on business and society.
US Cellular is celebrating Women’s History Month with a festive banner graphic featured in a prominent location on the company intranet site in addition the following virtual engagements and events:
VF Corporation celebrates Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day through the following events:
ViacomCBS is celebrating Women’s History Month through the following activities and events:
Let’s Talk About It with the Women from The Talk
International Women’s Day in partnership with She Runs It
Ida B. Wells partnership with Simon and Schuster
Ladies Get Paid partnership with Simon and Schuster
Women Who Work It Cork It in partnership with the James Beard Foundation
Safe Horizon Volunteer Partnership
Here are some ways Walgreens is celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (IWD):
Women of WBA BRG is organizing several virtual events during the week of IWD:
Monday, March 8, Opening Day (Live Broadcast)
A panel of Walgreens leaders from across the organization, with a short audience Q&A session
An awards ceremony honoring volunteers from and champions of Women of WBA
Tuesday, March 9 – (Livestream and Recording)
Wednesday, March 10 – KPMG for IWD (Livestream and Recording)
Thursday, March 11 – Virtual Giving Back Event
As Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day approach, here’s a look at events and activities the Women’s Team Member Network at Wells Fargo has planned.
Women’s History Month
Throughout March, the company honors contributions and achievements of women and the vital role of women in history, both at Wells Fargo and across the world.
International Women’s Day – March 8
This year’s theme for IWD on is #ChooseToChallenge, an opportunity to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.
WTMN Team Moments March Campaign: