We are kicking off Women’s History Month! This month honors and recognizes the contributions of women past and present to our communities, our industries, and to society as a whole.
March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD). It was first declared a holiday in 1977 by the United Nations, 10 years before the United States officially made March Women’s History Month. The day celebrates the accomplishments of women across a variety of fields regardless of their background, and is now celebrated in over 80 countries.
Each year, a theme is picked for International Women’s Day, and this year the theme is #EmbraceEquity. It is a reminder to not only reflect on past accomplishments of women, but to also continue to fight for gender equity. Unlike equality, equity recognizes that not all individuals have access to the same opportunities, and resources should be provided to those who need them to have the same chances at success.
We have yet to reach that status in the workplace for women, with female-identifying employees holding only 23% of executive positions in the United States as of 2022. However, according to the Harvard Business Review, having women in C-Suite positions and gender diversity amongst senior leadership has historically yielded positive overall results.
In solidarity, #TeamHPNE employees wore purple across departments in support of women across the world, a call to action for this year's IWD's #EmbraceEquity theme. Furthermore, the newly-formed group ‘Women of HPNE’ gathered for a luncheon catered by Blackie’s, a local woman-owned business in Northern Rhode Island. This group enables and promotes the participating members to meet monthly and have discussions surrounding their current careers, career advancement, and networking.