Take action on International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), a global effort celebrating the the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The first Women’s Day took place in the early 1900s—Feb. 28, 1909 to be precise—as a national observance organized by the Socialist Party. The United Nations began celebrating IWD on March 8 during 1975’s International Women’s Year. It was declared an official day of observance in 1977. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed documents proclaiming March 2 to 8 to be National Women’s History Week. In 1987 President Ronald Reagan passed proclamation establishing March as Women’s History Month. What started as a smaller gathering in 1909 has grown to a global movement, but there’s still much to be done in terms of both recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life, and taking action to bring further change.
Pledge to take action
“Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,” (#StepItUp4Gender) is the theme for International Women’s Day in 2016, as per the United Nations. Add to this the #PledgeForParity campaign and it’s easy to see that #IWD2016 is all about action: action to accelerate gender parity and action to empower women everywhere. “We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards. Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers,” says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Women’s Day 2016.
When core values align
One of our core values at CampusLogic is ‘We have the courage to change the world.’ The UN Women and IWD are also trying to change the world. CampusLogic leadership has stepped up to IWD’s #PledgeForParity challenge and we invite all of our colleagues, customers, and friends to do the same.
What will you pledge to do?
Visit the site and pledge to take one of five actions to help bring about gender parity. We’ve listed the actions below, along with the CampusLogic leadership’s pledges. (To be fair, our leaders noted they pledged to more than one of the options, but we’ve only listed the one they chose as most important to them in the list.)
- I pledge to help women and girls achieve their ambitions – Heather Dunn, VP of Marketing; Amy Glynn, VP of Financial Aid Awareness.
- I pledge to challenge conscious and unconscious bias – Chrisy Woll, VP Customer Success.
- I pledge to call for gender-balanced leadership – Gregg Scoresby, CEO.
- I pledge to value women and men’s contributions equally – Chris Boyster, VP of Sales; Jason Saunders, VP of Engineering; Chris Horne, VP of Finance.
- I pledge to create inclusive, flexible cultures – Chris Chumley, COO.
Visit the IWD’s site to learn more about each of these pledges, including how organizations and individuals can build on and promote these themes. Resources on Women’s History Month can be found on the National Women’s History Project site. Changing the world is possible, but it takes action. Happy Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day!