International Women’s Day, March 8, 2016: 5 Ways to Engage Your Workplace Around the Movement

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at March 7th, 2016

Written by: Nicole Meyerson, Site Editor and Women@Groupon Recurring Events Chair

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International Women’s Day is an international movement that builds support for women’s rights and participation in political, economic, and social arenas. While its focus in the early twentieth century was on women’s suffrage and the ability to hold public office, just over a hundred years later, the theme is an extension of those liberties: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.”

This year’s theme echoes the United Nations’ 17-point agenda, which comprises a goal for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, all to be achieved by 2030. And while the need for diversity evolution is global, each of us can create impact right where we work and live.

Here are five ways that you can prompt change around International Women’s Day during the week of March 8th in your workplace:

  1. Wear purple on March 8 to show support and awareness for women globally.
  2. Attend a local International Women’s Day event near you (here’s a panel in Chicago moderated by Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens). Bring a coworker or two, and invite them to bring a friend as well. You’ve created a group!
  3. Contribute to the conversation online by sharing articles that interest you about gender equality, from publications such as Lenny LetterHuffington PostCareer ContessaWomankind magazine, and more
    1. Be sure to include relevant hashtags to link your thoughts to the broader, online community: #PledgeforParity, #IWD2016, #WomenatYourCompany
    2. Bonus points for using a Pledge for Parity social media banner, similar to the ones seen following last year’s marriage equality ruling
  4. Join a Lean In Circle in your area, or create one for your workplace (no need to have read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, but it wouldn’t hurt).
  5. Formulate a panel of women leaders at your company to discuss their career journeys, and take questions from the audience.

Tune in to Women at Groupon’s live-streamed panel on March 10, “How to Succeed in Leadership Roles: Perspectives from Women Leaders and Change-Makers,” to hear local women executives’ opinions on how to effectively push women to seek out and succeed in leadership positions.

If we bring these important issues into the conversation, we’ll be on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by the year 2030.

Feel free to share what you and your company are doing to celebrate International Women’s Day in the comments below!