How does your company recognize influential women during Women’s History Month?
To help your company best celebrate Women’s History Month, we asked CEOs and founders of women-run companies this question for their best insights. From highlighting one woman per week to supporting organizations and giving women a platform, there are several ideas that may help you recognize and celebrate influential women within your company.
Here are how 8 companies are recognizing influential women:
- Highlight One Woman Per Week
- Celebrate With Products and Services
- Honor Marie Curie and Women
- Recognize Women’s History Month
- Invite Guest Speakers
- Celebrate Women Athletes
- Stand for a Woman Who Can Stand Up for Herself
- Support Organizations and Give Women a Platform
Highlight One Woman Per Week
We are making a point to highlight a woman on our team every week at our all-hands meeting during Women’s History Month. We want to be a supportive place that can make a real difference for a woman’s career. For far too long women have suffered from unsupportive management and unfair payment situations. As a proudly woman-owned business, it’s my honor and privilege to offer a fair workplace for everyone, including women and BIPOC.
Anne-Marie Faiola, Bramble Berry
Celebrate With Products and Services
We recognize influential women every day through our products and services, and not just during Women’s History Month. When you think about influential women in the beauty industry today, names like Rihanna, Founder of Fenty Beauty, and Huda Kattan, founder of Huda Beauty come to mind. However, Anna Taylor, a Canadian woman, patented false eyelashes in 1911, then Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy popularized them as a fashion accessory in the 20th century, according to the-sun.com. The beauty industry has since evolved to where eyelash extensions are a must, even for everyday makeup looks.
Vanessa Molica, The Lash Professional
Honor Marie Curie and Women
In Poland, we are taught from a young age to pay attention to the feats of women, mostly because of the success of our own Marie Curie (or Maria Sklodowska-Curie, as we call her), who was the first woman to win a Nobel prize (Physics in 1903 and then Chemistry in 1911). In March of every year, my company honors Marie Curie’s life by organizing a ‘Curie dinner’ in which women are encouraged to share their biggest challenges and how they overcame them in the past year, as well as plans for future growth and development.
Natalia Brzezinska, PhotoAiD
Share Facts on Socials & Newsletters
As a women-owned business myself, Women’s History Month is very important to me. We honor a woman a day during women’s history month sharing facts about these wonderful trailblazers on all of our social platforms and in our weekly newsletter. The women we highlight are from all over the world having an impact on women in sport, politics, business, the arts, etc. We recognize their achievements as well as their journey to get to where they are today. We are all paving the way for the next generation.
Amanda Russo, Cornerstone Paradigm Consulting, LLC
Invite Guest Speakers
Every Women’s History Month we invite women from our community to come and speak to the group. They share their perspectives and give us something to chew on. These women come from varying backgrounds and are all considered experts on a particular topic relevant to our work. One example is a woman who knew the history of resumes. She spoke about how they’ve evolved over time. It was very interesting and it helped us broaden our concept of a resume.
Jennifer Pieniazek, Resume Now
Celebrate Women Athletes
Women’s history month hardly seems long enough to talk about all of the amazingly influential women that do so much to shape the modern world we’re living in. For those companies that have a Book of the Month club, there are historical figures like Abigail Adams or Harriet Tubman with fantastic, shareable literature. Or media legends spanning all eras and ranges, from Betty White to Beyonce.
But I personally want to emphasize the importance of women’s sports during this Women’s History Month. Sports are about freedom, skill, teamwork, discipline, & passion, and not so very long ago, women were barred from participating. The founding of our country’s first women’s sports leagues are an integral part of women’s history as a whole, and truly a microcosm of the greater feminist movement. Our company chooses to highlight women sports teams and athletes this Women’s History Month, because they are role models and champions for women everywhere.
Jaymee Messler, The Gaming Society
Stand for a Woman Who Can Stand Up for Herself
Our company always stands for a woman who can stand up for herself. This shows that they’re confident and can speak up for themselves instead of sitting and compromising for no reason. On every Women’s History Month, we praise these women by rewarding them and treating them with the best that they deserve. Our company highly supports the women who are there for others. Either by speaking up for them or by helping others out, they leave an influential yet charismatic aura behind.
Meera Watts, Siddhi Yoga International Pte. Ltd.
Support Organizations and Give Women a Platform
As a women-run company, we’re incredibly excited to celebrate Women’s History Month this March. And while it’s important to recognize the women that influenced modern society, it’s also crucial to support the ones that lay the building blocks for the future generation. That’s why, as a company, we decided to financially support a couple of women’s rights organizations, including Global Fund for Women and Girls Write Now. I think that the best way to celebrate Women’s History Month is to give women a platform. So, I wanted to give my girls a break from work and I signed them up for several fun webinars with women speakers.
Cynthia Halow, PersonalityMax