Since 1987, the month of March has been dedicated to celebrating women’s contributions to America’s history, society, and culture.
As a women-owned business, ThirdLeaf NW would not be here today without the trailblazers who came before us. This month is an important time to honor those who fought for women’s rights and roles in society.
Because of them, women entrepreneurs today, like our three owners, get to make their dreams a reality. We’re honored to be one of nearly 13 million women-owned businesses in the United States!
Regardless of whether a company is women-owned or not, Women’s History Month still deserves recognition in the workplace, especially as the number of women in business continues to rise. According to Department of Labor statistics, women have grown from 38% to 47% of the workforce over the last 50 years, and that percentage is predicted to keep climbing.
How can you celebrate Women’s History Month?
- Acknowledge it! The first step to celebrating any holiday is making sure people know about it. Send a newsletter or message to your staff to recognize the month, outline why it’s important, and share articles about it.
- Support women-owned businesses. Find women-owned shops and businesses in your local community and support them by buying from them, sharing their social media pages, writing positive reviews, and sending them words of encouragement.
- Host a virtual lunch-and-learn to discuss topics related to women’s history. Try topics such as: recognizing notable women in your company’s or community’s history, highlighting women-owned businesses in your area and how to support them, or hosting a panel discussion led by women in your company or industry.
- Support a women’s charity. There are numerous local and national nonprofits that support and empower women and young girls. With a donation of money, supplies, or time, you can help further their mission and empower women in your own community. We were privileged to partner with Bellevue Fire Department last summer to provide healthy lunches to The Sophia Way women’s shelter!
- Wear purple on International Women’s Day. This global holiday has been celebrated on March 8 since 1911, and it’s celebrated in conjunction with Women’s History Month in the U.S. Wearing purple in recognition of the holiday is traditional in many countries, and it’s an easy way to celebrate in the office. Learn more about the mission of International Women’s Day and this year’s theme on their website.
These are only a few suggestions, but there is no limit of ways to honor and celebrate women’s role in history. And remember, celebrating women in the workplace doesn’t have to be limited to one month. Ideally, these activities and attitudes will be incorporated into company culture all year round.
We would love to know how you’re celebrating Women’s History Month! Share your events on social media to increase awareness of the holiday and inspire your community to celebrate too!