Today is International Women’s Day (IWD)! This worldwide day strives to advocate for women’s rights, celebrate their accomplishments, and shed light on important issues. In 2022, there are still many obstacles that women face in the workplace. While these issues are important every day of the year, IWD serves as a reminder of how far we have come, and how much work there is still to do. This year, take time to bring this day into your workspace with these four easy ideas to learn, grow, and support others.
1. Get Involved
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BreakTheBias. The focus is on how we can help break the bias women face in all aspects of life, from the home to the workplace. Getting your team involved is easy and doesn’t require much planning. Gather everyone together take pictures with a card saying how they will #BreakTheBias, change your Zoom background, or watch an informative video. For more suggestions on how to bring IWD to life in your office, click here!
2. Read Books By Female Authors
How many books have you read this year by female authors? Think about your bookshelf on a deeper level and ensure you are incorporating diverse voices and perspectives. Start a book club at work centered around exploring different authors. From leadership to self-help, there are many amazing female writers whose books have messages that translate into the workplace. Start with Brené Brown’s “Dare to Lead” or Angela Duckworth’s “Grit.”
3. Support Women-Owned Businesses
Celebrate and uplift female entrepreneurs by supporting local women-owned businesses! Buy the team lunch, purchase birthday gifts, or add a new item to your workspace. If you don’t have room to spend money, follow and share social media accounts or even offer up your services to a business in need. You’ll help boost women-owned businesses all while discovering something new in your city.
4. Attend an Event
March is also Women’s History Month! There are plenty of virtual and in-person events ranging from lectures about impactful women to mentorship workshops. Check out this list of local events in the DC area- many of which are convenient to head to after a day of work at AdvantEdge Workspaces!
On IWD and the entire month of March, take extra care to support and empower women in the workplace. It takes all of us to #BreakTheBias!