Today marks the 109th Annual International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women from across the globe.
#EachforEqual is this year’s theme.
What does this mean? This year’s theme is drawn from a notion of ‘Collective Individualism’.
‘Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.’
‘Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.’
International Women’s Day helps to celebrate women’s achievements in, and out of the workplace, focusing on an array of different missions to help celebrate and applaud women’s actions in different aspects of life:
Women at Work - To champion women of all backgrounds who dare to innovate, lead, and uplift others towards a more equal and inclusive workplace.
Women in Tech – To celebrate digital advancement and champion the women forging innovation through technology.
Women Entrepreneurs – To support women to earn and learn on their own terms and in their own way.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of the most life-changing actions taken by influential women across the world.
Rosa Parks – ‘I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free…so other people could also be free’
On 1st December 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her defiant action sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, lasting 381 days, fighting to change the rules of equal rights until the city repealed its law enforcing segregation on public buses. Its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities.
She was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Emmeline Pankhurst – ‘Trust in God – She Will Provide’
Born in 1858, Emmeline Pankhurst grew to become one of the most influential female political activists’ in Britain, starting the Suffragette Movement in 1890, fighting for the right of the female vote.
In 1903, she founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, the female-only political group who introduced more radical tactics to obtain the right to vote for women. This included window smashing, arson, imprisonment and hunger strikes.
Her efforts paid off in 1918, with the government introducing the Representation of the People Act, which granted women over the age of 30 equal voting rights with men (aged 21).
Malala Yousafzai – ‘We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced’
Now aged 20, she has become one of the most influential schoolgirls of her time.
She wrote an anonymous diary read by thousands over the world, explaining how she wanted to stay in school and how the Taliban were threatening this right.
In October 2012, when she was just 14, herself and two other schoolgirls were shot by the Taliban in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism.
Surviving the attack, she has continued her work and become the youngest person ever to win the world-famous Nobel Peace Prize.
Women have been blazing the way throughout history and the same is true within our company too! Last year we welcomed our first female Partner to join the board, Sophie Thornhill, and with 3 female Senior Managers across the team we proudly advocate the promotion of women within our firm.
Diversity & Inclusion is a key focus of ours this year and we will be introducting a number of inititives over the next 10 months to encourage and inspire women within the industry.