Women's History Month 2021: Honour Female Achievements In Your Workplace
Women’s History Month is one of the most important celebrations in the equality calendar. The event recognises the achievements of female academics, adventurers and activists, who have defined society as we know it but are regularly left out of school curriculums and industry discussions.
In the workplace, it is essential to celebrate Women’s History Month, as it sets a precedent for inclusion and empowers your female employees. With the Covid-19 pandemic reportedly causing a “shecession”, as gender equality regressed by at least three years in 2020, it is more important than ever to value the female professionals in your business.
According to the website History, Women’s History Month is the:
“… celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987.”
The event is dedicated to the achievements of such inspiring women as Rosa Parks and Rosalind Franklin, who are so commonly overlooked in historical writings. Women’s History Month also identifies the minority groups who face an additional level of discrimination, like women of colour and LGBTQ+ women, and how their contributions have positively impacted society.
With this year’s theme being Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced, to honour 100 years since many American women won the right to vote, Women’s History Month recognises the injustices of the past and current gender discrimination in society.
Women’s History Month takes place from the 1st to the 31st of March every year. It is recognised by businesses, organisations and Government bodies across the globe, leading to increased awareness of gender inequalities.
How to Honour Female Achievements in Your Workplace
Read our top tips for recognising female achievements in your workplace, this Women’s History Month.
Evaluate Your Discrimination & Diversity Policies
A workplace that preaches gender equality but does not protect its female employees through discrimination and diversity policies is often considered performative. Honouring an event like Women’s History Month starts from the ground up, with an honest reflection on how your business must improve gender diversity in senior positions.
Share Historic & Current Achievements
From hosting a presentation featuring the pinnacle achievements of history’s greatest women to recognising the feats of your female employees on social media, use this month as an opportunity to celebrate. This will make your staff feel appreciated, and inspired by the long lineage of successful women who came before them.
Host a Charity Fundraiser
Charity fundraisers are a fun yet impactful way to honour Women’s History Month. By decorating your office and hosting a cake sale, you can build morale in your workforce and give your team an occasion to look forward to. Such an event will also give back to your community, and raise money for charities that support women and tackle gender crimes.
You may have a diverse team at work, but is inclusion also a priority? Without one, the other cannot fulfil its true potential, as female employees must feel respected as well as represented. Gender inclusion workshops teach companies how to nurture a welcoming environment, as well as the terms and phrases that should be avoided in the workplace.
Such seemingly innocent yet damaging mistakes may include over-sexualising female colleagues, specifying their gender when referring to their job role, like “our female web developer”, or asking a woman when she is going to have children.
Tackling “mansplaining” and misogynistic expectations, gender inclusion workshops result in a more equal workplace.
Book a Female Inspirational Speaker
Female inspirational speakers have dedicated their careers to empowering women of all backgrounds and educating their male counterparts. They are regularly booked for corporate conferences, where they discuss with senior figures the steps they must take to improve gender diversity in leadership positions.
Watch our interview with the outstanding Nicola Adams in the video above.
At Champions Speakers, our female inspirational speakers attend events across the globe, empowering audiences with their stories of smashing glass ceilings. These orators are perfect for Women’s History Month events, as their experiences serve to educate all in attendance.
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