The celebration of Women’s History Month started in 1981 when Congress passed legislation that requested the President proclaim the week of March 7, 1982, as Women’s History Week. By 1987, March was named Women’s History Month. March encompasses International Women’s Day (March 8), a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
After a tumultuous two years for women in the workplace, this year’s celebration feels even more important. This year’s theme, hosted by the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHM), is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” which celebrates caregivers and frontline workers and honors the ways women have provided healing and hope throughout history.
Below, see what some DBP members are doing to honor Women’s History Month in 2022:
There are many virtual offerings this year to celebrate Women’s History Month. People can tour online exhibits, such as:
Charitable donations to organizations promoting and advancing women and girls around the world is another option to show support throughout the month. Some organizations include:
Experian’s Women in Experian (WiE) ERG’s mission is to help women take the next step in their career journey.
This year, the Women in Leadership ERG will host a series of activities and events throughout the month of March.
The WIL ERG will begin the month with a multimedia educational article series on the topic of History of Women’s Rights.
In addition, the WIL ERG will kick off their ERG membership Book Club series event, titled Seizing Success: A Women’s Guide to Transformational Leadership and Leadership Development, with the book’s author.
Finally, the group will end the month with an employee engagement “Sheroes” series recognizing Veterans, Law Enforcement Agents, Authors, Teachers, and Caregivers who are Women Trailblazers.
Externally, the Women in Leadership ERG will partake in the Detroit Regional Chamber “International Women’s Day Lunch” on Professional Development. Find more information here.
The company is also honoring WHM with a social media campaign featuring projections of quotes from women who made history by persevering, breaking barriers and changing minds and laws along the way.
The vision of ACG’s Women in Leadership ERG is to welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints into a supportive environment that will provide opportunities to promote women’s professional and personal development that contribute to ACG’s success while “living their purpose and bringing their value.”
Alight Solutions activities celebrating Women’s History Month include:
Externally, the company plans to host community service activities and support local partner organizations around the globe that provide services for girls and women. The support will be in the form of donations, supply drives, and service events.
Aramark will celebrate the contributions of women at Aramark, starting with their extraordinary chefs. Through the EMPOWER Chef Spotlight, they will be highlighting more than 75 women culinarians by sharing their stories on the Chef Spotlight homepage, in many of their client locations, and on social media.
The EMPOWER ERG, focused on Women and Allies’ empowerment and career growth at Aramark, will also be hosting their second annual virtual Symposium, “Limitless: The Power of We.” Running from March 8 to March 10, it promises to be packed full of great networking and learning opportunities.
Day 1 includes:
Andersen is honoring Women’s History Month in various ways:
For International Women’s Day on March 8, employees were asked to wear purple and encouraged to share “women who inspire me” stories on internal and external sites. In-person and virtual volunteer opportunities are also available to employees.
The Women Leaders of Andersen (WLA) Employee Resource Network is publishing a special edition of their newsletter in honor of Women’s History Month, recognizing the women of Andersen and highlighting resources around self-care and how to lean on each other. Each weekday in March, they will spotlight a woman from across the enterprise and share their insights to connect and inspire others. The WLA is also sharing stories of trailblazing women of the Andersen family and brand, including Sarah “Sadie” Andersen, a founding partner of the company, and Mary “Betty” Andersen Hulings, who served on the company’s board of directors for 60 years. The WLA is also sharing an article highlighting the women of the network’s leadership committee.
The company is launching a social media campaign with articles promoting the women of Andersen, including a digital chain letter on LinkedIn that highlights how Andersen has valued women and spotlighted women throughout the years. The post is tagged with various groups of women at Andersen who then share it by tagging additional groups of women to keep the post going.
In addition, the company is sharing IWD content across enterprise sites, including a series of highlight videos from their Women in Industry event.
The articles and resources shared via the intranet and social media are printed out and highlighted for the women who work on the production floor and don’t have access to the company’s intranet. The WLA works to ensure they are also recognized and receive the information.
Annually, the WLA presents a Possibility Maker award to a woman in the organization who demonstrates leadership and tenacity. This March, the Possibility Maker award is being given to all the women in the organization.
As March is also Women in Construction Month, Andersen is also highlighting women leaders in the industry, especially women business owners.
Burberry has several activations planned for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, featuring guests from Burberry’s board of directors as well as human rights campaigners and advocates for gender equality.
Here is a snapshot:
#BreaktheBias Open Forums | IWD 2022 Series
Wednesday, March 9
In celebration of International Women’s Day, employees can join members of Women Empowered and colleagues from across Burberry for a 60-minute open conversation to share ideas for ways to overcome bias.
W|E Connect Networking Chats | IWD 2022 Series
Tuesday, March 15–Thursday, March 17
Employees can choose the topic(s) that interest them most and join colleagues for a 60-minute virtual small-group chat.
1. Tuesday, March 15: Balancing Career and Caretaking
2. Wednesday, March 16: Career Growth
3. Thursday, March 17: Advocating for Yourself
W|E Women and Mentorship | IWD 2022 Series
Thursday, March 24
A 60-minute webinar to talk about the benefits of mentoring for women, the resources that Burberry offers, and a chance to hear from colleagues on their experience as a mentor/mentee. Guest speaker from the central Talent team.
Capgemini’s Women LEAD ERG will be hosting a series of activities for employees throughout Women’s History Month, kicking off with a keynote speaker on International Women’s Day who will discuss how to systematically challenge and remove biases and create more inclusive workplaces where a culture of curiosity replaces bias. This event will be followed by some additional internal events throughout the week, including:
Additionally, employees will take part in the International Women’s Day social media campaign, striking the #BreakTheBias pose and sharing their commitment to #BreakTheBias. Capgemini will also be sharing some custom videos via their social media channels: @Capgemini and @CapgeminiAmericas.
Capgemini is committed to supporting girls in STEM and women in tech through partnerships with nonprofit organizations.
Throughout Women’s History Month, Colgate will celebrate the achievements and contributions of women with exciting initiatives and programming.
Employees can celebrate the contributions of women in their network by visiting the My Company tab on LinkedIn, choosing one of the special International Women’s Day cards to post, and tagging the women who motivate and inspire them.
Separately, Colgate will host several The Power of We | Colgate Global Events:
March 8: We Need to Talk: Communicating with Confidence
Want to use your voice to be a catalyst for change? Join the Hill’s Women’s Network, Park Avenue and Piscataway Colgate Women’s Networks, as we celebrate International Women’s Day with “We Need to Talk: Communicating with Confidence.” Featuring Andrea Sampson, owner, founder, and CEO of Talk Boutique, this engaging webinar will offer practical tips on how to elevate your conversations and present your best self, taking your communications to the next level.
March 22: Let’s #BreaktheBias Together
Tune in to our LinkedIn Live broadcast for an open, honest, and engaging discussion about bias. Chief HR Officer Sally Massey will kick off a conversation led by Chief DE&I Officer Derek Gordon and Chief Communications Officer Paula Davis, who will talk with several female leaders at Colgate and a special guest who’s a mentee through our partnership with American Corporate Partners. Their discussion will include personal examples of when these women have faced bias, confronted it head on, and overcome it. They’ll share practical advice and actionable tips for women AND allies.
March 31: The Virtues of Leadership and Success: How to Perform Your Best, Make Your Mark and Grow
Join the Park Avenue CWN and Piscataway CWN as Dana Medema, VP, NA Oral Care Marketing, welcomes Barb Stegemann, author, CEO, and founder of 7 Virtues Peace Perfumes. Barb will share her incredible story and practical wisdom that helped her go from a single mom trying to launch a start-up from her garage to successful CEO of an international brand and all the bumps along the way.
Experian’s Women in Experian (WiE) ERG’s mission is to help women take the next step in their career journey. They’re taking a global collaborative approach to Women’s History Month, specifically during International Women’s Week (IWW) events. Zooming in with the North America region, the WiE regional chapter is hosting weeklong activities for IWW starting March 7. Each day has its own unique theme that creates a path of resources that culminate on the last day with “making your move” to encourage active participation. Those themes are:
WiE will also have a fireside chat with the Global CEO and members of the senior leadership team globally. All employees will be encouraged to participate as beneficiaries of the provided resources.
Experian partners with organizations such as Black Girl Ventures and Girls Inc. The company also supports the AnitaB.org organization. Experian also recently launched a new promotional video executed by the WiE ERG. The video, linked here, highlights some of the benefits and successes of our WiE ERG and promotes the group more broadly.
Experian’s social teams are working with the global and regional leads on the company’s social media presence that will recognize the importance of this celebration of women. They’re going to also share some #BreakTheBias posts from employees, as well as share the Global News Blog for IWW via Experian’s social channels. They’ll also share recorded podcasts from the Level Up Leadership series, which is designed to help people get to know the leaders of Experian and gain insight into the various skills needed to grow your career.
The FINRA Women’s Network (FWN) is planning several internal events for employees, including:
FWN will also be honoring International Women’s Day by sending out a communication for the day, explaining this year’s theme, #BreaktheBias, and encouraging members and allies to wear purple all week long in support, as well as a weeklong photo contest.
During the month of March, Gallagher is recognizing International Women’s Day as well as Women’s History Month. An all-employee message from their Global CHRO, Susan Pietrucha, was circulated celebrating International Women’s Day, calling upon all employees to “Break the Bias” and sharing an overview of the events their divisions planned for the Month. Here are the events:
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey will be celebrating Women’s History month with ERG-hosted events. One event will be held on March 8: Women LEAD Annual Women’s History Month event, where the theme is centered on “Insights on the Power of Adaptability.” This event will host guest speaker Jill L. Johnson, CEO of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
JetBlue has a list of activities planned for Women’s History Month. They are hosting an internal and external inclusivity campaign featuring quotes from icons who identify as women. Through this campaign they are honoring women of color, queer and trans women, and women of different ages and abilities. It includes women who are working professionals, full-time caregivers, mentors, students, volunteers—and in many cases, women who are all of the above.
The company is also celebrating outstanding women at JetBlue, such as Joanna Geraghty, who became the highest-ranking woman at a large US airline when she was appointed president and COO in 2018. They are also celebrating other women, including Carol Clements, Ursula Hurley, Lisa Reifer, and Laurie Villa, who joined the senior leadership team this year to help drive the company forward.
The DEI team and the Women in Flight Crewmember Resource Group will host three events:
JetBlue’s signature Fly Like a Girl event, where children will tune in virtually to learn what it’s like to work in aviation.
A Lift Every Voice session featuring an external speaker to explore the importance of Women’s History Month.
A panel discussion with leaders across the company titled “Everyone Loves a Wing Man” to explore the role men play in celebrating, supporting, and being allies to women.
Their social media channels will spotlight destinations across JetBlue’s flight map where customers can find historical sites that celebrate women’s history. The channels will also highlight women-owned businesses.
Lucid Motors will be celebrating Women’s History Month in the following ways:
Nasdaq & the Women in Nasdaq (WIN) employee network will be hosting a virtual summit to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. The event will host female founders, experts, and disruptors as they discuss how they are driving socially and ethically conscious organizations, shaping industries and impacting tomorrow’s workplace.
New York Life will be celebrating Women’s History Month in the following ways:
The company’s external actions include employee cause card donations to support the external community (volunteering).
New York Life will also be promoting their ERGs, leaders, and Women’s History Month via social media.
To honor Women’s History Month, New York Power Authority has two events lined up:
On March 21: NYPA’s Women in Power employee resource group will be hosting an event in tribute to the iconic Rosie the Riveter. The theme of this anticipated event is best described as “Women Providing Healing and Providing Hope” in alignment with the National Women’s History Alliance.
The event will focus on providing hope from a career standpoint and fostering allyship for female leaders. During this event, NYPA will highlight female staff who exemplify a modern-day Rosie the Riveter. There will be moderated discussions around gender-based leadership stereotypes at work, the importance of building and sustaining morale at work through changing work environments, and navigating the “new normal” as leaders during a pandemic.
A special guest speaker will join in for a fireside chat, and there will be a panel discussion featuring female leaders and male allies at NYPA.
On Thursday, March 31: The NYPA Environmental Justice Community Volunteer Corps, in collaboration with the Women in Power Employee Resource Group, will host NYPA employee volunteers at Hour Children (HC) in Queens. HC’s Working Women program provides job training, educational assistance, and internship placement to formerly incarcerated women. NYPA employee volunteers will be asked to help pack meals at the HC food pantry and distribute food to their community fridges.
To celebrate Women’s History Month at Otis Elevator, there will be ERG-hosted events for employees, including:
Otis also has a commitment through Paradigm for Parity to reach gender parity in executive ranks by 2030.
Protiviti’s three gender-equity-focused Employee Network Groups are partnering for an internal event for International Women’s Day with a well-known speaker. There will also be internal knowledge bursts for learnings tied to Women’s History Month and an internal article with features of women in conjunction with #WomensYOURstoryMonth campaign. The company will also send reminders to employees of the dollar matching programs for gender equity partnerships with outside organizations.
Protiviti’s social media campaign will be enterprise-wide and will consist of postings by corporate communications and user-generated content. Hashtags to follow are #WomensYOURstoryMonth and #WomenofProtiviti.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Ulta Beauty is hosting the following events for their employees:
March 1: Let’s Talk Womxn Summit
March 3: Catalyst International Women’s Day Programming
March 8: Seramount’s Member Webinar International Women’s Day
March 22: Heal Haus Pouring from Your Overflow (program/group talk)
Dress for Success Authenticity Panel Discussion
Local volunteer options employees can sign up for through the internal Ultanet
An educational piece highlighting transgender women who have made history
Vizient’s Gender Equality Diversity Network Association (ERG) is hosting an enterprise-wide keynote with Patricia Arboleda on Amplifying Women’s Voices at Work.
The Gender Equality DNA also compiled a list of books that empower girls and young women to send to their education community partners in multiple locations throughout the country. Additionally, the group is hosting an internal campaign where employees from across the enterprise will share stories of women who have inspired or influenced them professionally. Check out their external WHM webpage here.