Equality for women in the workplace is a major focus of the day
March 8 is International Women’s Day. All of us—not just women—have plenty to think about on this important day. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange. The goal is to “help forge a better working world—a more inclusive, gender equal world.”
Despite a lot of progress, there is still a gender gap between men and women when it comes to the workplace. What are some of the solutions to the gender gap? The World Economic Forum suggests a few ways that employers can help achieve a more gender equal workplace:
- Provide development and leadership training for women
- Offer and support flexible work
- Make career paths and salaries more transparent
- Promote work-life balance
- Support integrating women into the value chain
- Set targets and measure progress toward gender equity
In honor of International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate some of the great “firsts” that women have achieved since the first International Women’s Day in 1909.
1910: Alice Stebbins Wells was the first American woman to become a police officer.
1912: Girl Scouts established.
1916: Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to be elected to Congress.
1921: Edith Wharton was the first woman in the U.S. to win the Pulitzer Prize.
1925: Nellie Taloe Ross was the first woman to be elected as a Governor.
1928: Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the U.S.
1934: Lettie Pate Whitehead was the first female director of a major corporation—the Coca-Cola Company.
1942: Anna Leah Fox was the first woman who received the Purple Heart.
1949: Sara Christian was the first female competitor in a major league NASCAR stock car race.
1957: Decoy: Police Woman was the first TV show to feature a female protagonist.
1959: Arlene Pieper was the first American woman to finish a marathon.
1970: Patricia Palinkas was the first woman to play in an American football game professionally.
1979: Susan B. Anthony was the first woman on a U.S. coin.
1981: Sandra Day O’Connor was the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1982: Sally Ride was the first American woman in space.
1984: Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to run as the vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket.
1987: Aretha Franklin was the first woman in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1983: Janet Reno was the first female U.S. Attorney General.
1997: Madeline Albright was the first female U.S. Secretary of State.
2007: Nancy Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the House, and is the highest-ranking woman in U.S. political history.
2015: Jennifer Welter was the first woman to coach in men’s indoor pro football.
2016: Hillary Clinton was the first woman nominated for president by a major political party.
With all these impressive firsts, we say “way to go!” We hope this article has inspired you to reflect on the history and future of women on March 8: International Women’s Day.
*These “firsts” were retrieved from Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_women’s_firsts)