March 8th marks International Women’s Day (IWD), a global celebration of women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. The first IWD took place over a century ago in 1911, gathering more than a million people to commemorate the historic day.
This year’s IWD theme is #EmbraceEquity. It is important to understand that equity does not have the same meaning as equality. Equity means that people have different circumstances, therefore, resources and opportunities must be distributed accordingly to create an equal outcome. In comparison, equality means every person is given the same exact opportunities and resources, despite circumstances.
In the spirit of #EmbraceEquity, participants are encouraged to challenge gender stereotypes, correct biases, call attention to discrimination, and make choices to expand inclusion. IWD isn’t just for women; the day is best celebrated amongst allies. As more people join the cause, growth and change become more achievable.
IWD in the Workplace
Like Black History Month, IWD is a time to celebrate, but the focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion needs to be year-round. Each year, an increasing number of employers implement more benefits, policies, and practices to make the workplace a more welcoming place for women. Below is a list of ways employers can boost the attraction and retention of women in their workplace:
- Display a commitment to gender equality.
- Promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Prioritize hiring and promoting women to the executive level.
- Support women’s needs by offering flexible working arrangements.
- Prevent stereotyping in the company’s marketing and communications.
- Demonstrate a commitment to addressing biases.
- Provide avenues to ensure women’s inclusion in decision-making.
International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate women’s past and present accomplishments in and beyond the workplace. Creative Benefits, Inc. is a proud women-owned and operated organization, and we wish all our clients and partners a meaningful International Women’s Day.