International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year and is the focal point in the movement for the rights and acknowledgement of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Here's how you can make a positive difference this IWD (and beyond).
The theme of IWD 2020 is #EachforEqual - highlighting how an equal world is an enabled world and we must all raise awareness against bias and take action for equality and gender parity.
Here are some ways in which you can get involved with the movement:
- Challenge gender stereotypes and bias and call out gendered actions or assumptions.
- Try to influence others to hold a more gender-equal mindset that will affect their resultant actions.
- Celebrate women's achievements, particularly in areas where they are underrepresented.
- Offer to mentor or train a more junior woman in her personal or professional development.
- Host a social event or activity that will help promote inclusivity amongst your colleagues.
- Give an IWD speech at work to motivate staff members and include statistics on current gender inequality.
- Profile some of your organisation's amazing women on your website or social channels.
- Watch and learn from inspirational TED Talks by women - e.g. 'We should all be Feminists' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or 'The Dangerous Ways Ads See Women' by Jean Kilbourne.
- Get a group of your colleagues together to attend a women's networking, learning and empowerment event - Women of Silicon Valley 2020!
Some of our speakers also shared their thoughts on what you can do to make a difference, pictured here with the #EachforEqual campaign pose:
- "Leading by example, encouraging each other, and inspiring our next generation of women to stand up and assert themselves with us."
Callie Anderson - Data Scientist at Salesforce
- "Forging a gender equal world means not being afraid to step outside your comfort zone to take a risk, speaking your mind, and supporting the next generation of women to do the same."
Lynda Grindstaff - Vice President, Content Operations and Assessment at McAfee
- "If we want diversity, we must have inclusion. If we want inclusion, we must be intersectional."
Ash Coleman - Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Credit Karma
"Gift your time to help others innovate and break through barriers."
Marla Sofer - Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Jemstep
- "Don't change who you are, just become more of who you are, at your best."
- Nandini Bhatt - Principal Program Manager at Microsoft
- "Taking a seat at the table requires two things: speaking your mind and finding great allies to amplify your voice."
Gopal Krishnan - Engineering Director, Creative Production & Promotion at Netflix
- "Find YOUR voice to get OUR seat at the table!"
Rama Raman - Principal Software Engineer at Salesforce
Join the movement
If we want an equal world, we have to be the change we want to see - and not just on International Women's Day. We must take an active role in continually fostering equality and creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
Join us at Women of Silicon Valley this May 4-5, 2020 at Santa Clara Convention Center for keynote presentations, insightful talks, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities that will inspire and educate you in how to empower women and build a more equal and enabled world.
There are limited Early Bird Passes available, book now to avoid disappointment:
In addition to Silicon Valley, our 2020 Series will be hosted in Boston, Cape Town, London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Amsterdam.