March is here, which means it's time for Women's History Month and International Women’s Day. There are tons of ideas to celebrate women's history and honor women. If you are stuck on what to do, check out our Women's History Month ideas below and see how your organization can celebrate women in the month of March. 👇
Did you know Women's History Month actually began as Women’s History Week in the early 1980s? But, following the request from the National Women's History Project in 1987, Congress made the nationwide celebration a month-long holiday. 🎉
This year, the official Women’s History Month theme for March 2022 is Providing Healing, Promoting Hope. We’re celebrating Women's History Month as a tribute to the selfless work of women caregivers and frontline workers to recognize their efforts during the pandemic. It's our chance to celebrate how women from different cultures have sacrificed time, energy, and their personal lives to shape a better world for us all.
Women’s History Month is also the perfect time to empower women in your workplace and celebrate their journeys and achievements. 💪 The women you work with deserve it — each and every one is a role model and your company wouldn’t be the same without them.
As a bonus of showing your appreciation, your company as a whole can benefit. Here are a couple of ways how:
Now that we’ve covered a little history and given you a few reasons to celebrate, let’s get into how you can celebrate the month. 👏
This year, invite the toughest, funniest, and famous women leaders for special events to share their experiences and career advice for women. Think about organizing educational workshops (TED Talks, anyone?) or networking events where attendees can learn from women authors, artists, historians, and women's rights activists.
These events allow women to have candid conversations on career prospects and personal growth while simultaneously educating those who don’t identify as women.
Pro-tip: If your company isn't branched, engage with local activists in your area to inspire community growth!
Plan a charity and donation drive with organizations that work with women and girls in need. You can establish a fundraiser and rally coworkers, friends, and family to contribute to making a difference in the lives of women and girls. Don't keep it under wraps – make noise about the plans and encourage shareholders, clients, and your social media community to jump in on the action.
💭 Here are a few nonprofit organizations to consider:
This Brooklyn-based non-profit started as a roof party raising money for friends facing houselessness, but now raises funds for all transwomen of color. Its two biggest focuses are securing housing and life-saving medical care.
This non-profit seeks to close the gender gap in the tech industry. It offers online resources, in-person workshops, and performs outreach to teach programming to girls worldwide. Over half of those they’ve reached are women of color and other traditionally underrepresented communities.
Select a handful of women within the organization who will share their strengths and skills with other women. You can have employees share their triumphant stories throughout the month and showcase them on your blogs or social media accounts.
Use our LinkedIn post on our Head of Games, Savvy Jones, as an example:
Colors have a unique meaning in celebrations, and purple is Women's History Month's color. Set the mood with a splash of purple in the office as the theme color. Switch up the décor with purple accents, make purple Zoom backgrounds, and encourage everyone to wear some purple over the month.
We recommend direct action, but this is a great idea to combine with the others on this list!
Support and show solidarity with women business leaders, entrepreneurs, and service providers by eating, shopping, or signing up for their services. If you can, plan a shark tank-like event where women employees can pitch their business ideas and get support or advice on managing their business.
Btw, did you know Confetti was co-founded by a pretty bada$$ woman? (Looking at you, Lee Rubin) 👀
Plan unique, engaging classes for your team to participate in, like Black Women in Cinema. This virtual class teaches the rich history of Black women in film through photos, videos, and engaging lessons.
No work is complete without a bit of play, and the Women’s History Month collection is the right way to have fun. The collection features engaging virtual team building activities, like competitive trivia games and hands-on learning experiences created by women visionaries, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.
It’s definitely worth checking out, and no matter what experience you select, you’ll be supporting some pretty dang fantastic ladies all while boosting employee engagement.
Our company likes to take the “year-long” celebration approach – aka, we’re always championing our leading ladies.
We go out of our way to source from women-owned businesses. We provide comprehensive healthcare options for all women and gender-non-conforming employees to cover their medical needs. Every Tuesday, we donate to selected charities via Good Today, and last week raised close to $1,000 for Kakenya’s Dream.
And, did you know? Confetti is comprised of 64% women employees, with 70% of our leadership team being women (not even counting our CEO!).
Of course, there’s always more to do. But, empowering the individuals who work with us is always at the forefront of our plans.
The month of March is when we march to honor women throughout history — from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Martha P. Johnson. We celebrate suffragists, visionaries, and trailblazing women who have fought for gender equality and fairness for all.
However, we think women deserve to be celebrated and empowered beyond the confines of a single month. Companies should make considerable efforts to honor Women's History Month, and strive to take their celebration beyond March to create a more gender-inclusive workplace! The best part about the above ideas is you can implement them at any point in the year — and we encourage you to do so.