Celebrate Empowerment on International Women’s Day
By: Cathie Ericson | Feb 23, 2020
This year, International Women’s Day will be celebrated March 8, 2020. It's the ideal opportunity for your business to showcase your dedication to women empowerment by hosting events that celebrate and support women. Here are five ideas for honor on International Women’s Day 2020 throughout your organization.
1. Highlight your female leaders
Put together a short Q&A for each woman in your company to fill out. Summarize their answers and send out a e-newsletter to your employees featuring a round up of their advice. It’s a meaningful way to celebrate International Women’s Day internally.
2. Hold a day of career empowerment
A common lament among women is that men are more likely to have an informal network which helps them learn many of the unspoken rules of the workplace. In fact one statistic shared by LeanIn found that women were 24 percent less likely than men to get advice from senior leaders. You can help women get the inside track with opportunities designed especially for them to practice leadership skills that they might not use as readily in the workplace, such as giving presentations and developing new business.
3. Visit a nearby school to encourage other young girls
It’s never too young to start encouraging young girls to consider their own career trajectories and show them that the sky is the limit. Have some of the women from your company visit a local school or Girl Scout troop to talk about their career paths and options that the girls may want to consider. Try to highlight key roles that women have in your company that support growth and innovation, then you can teach them the official International Women’s Day theme: “Better the Balance, Better the World.”
4. Include the men
Of course, not every program in your company should be gender-specific. In fact, LeanIn finds that companies where men are integrally involved in championing women find more success, so consider including an event that’s for both genders so everyone can learn from each other in an inclusive, safe environment.
5. Ask your employees what would interest them for ongoing events
Your International Women’s Day 2020 celebration could be a great catalyst for a robust ongoing slate of events. You can harness the day’s momentum to introduce a group that holds regular activities—ranging from regular speakers to support groups for new moms. Depending on the demographics of your company, some of the topics that might interest them are:
Work/life balance for new parents
Creating a budget
Investing for women
Make mentoring—by both women and men—a key component of all the initiatives so that when the next International Women’s Day rolls around, you can enjoy the success of how far you have come in supporting women empowerment.
About the Author
Cathie Ericson is a freelance writer covering business and consumer topics. She creates branded content for Fortune 500 companies, and her work has appeared in LearnVest, Costco Magazine, Forbes, TheGlassHammer.com and IDEA Fitness. Follow her @cathieericson.
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