March 8 is International Women’s Day, whose purpose is to celebrate women’s achievements and contributions to society, while reminding us – as reported by the United Nations – that no country in the world has so far achieved full gender parity.
IWD has its origins in Germany, when in 1910 Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘women’s office’ for the country’s Social Democratic Party, proposed an annual women’s day to raise awareness of equality issues. The idea was adopted, and the first IWD was held the following year.
Tuesday March 8 is International Women’s Day. And if that wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, this year also marks the 100th anniversary of an annual event that was first held in 1911.
Here at Women at the Top we will be celebrating the great contributions made by exceptional women over the past century. And while historical perspective is salutary, geography can be more so. Claire Hughes Johnson, vice-president, global online sales at Google, writes pertinently in her blog:
“When I speak about my work, the questions I get are often about the efforts we make to bring more women into engineering and how I maintain my work/life balance with two young children. These are very important questions, but I’m acutely aware that they reflect a certain amount of privilege when it comes to issues of women’s equality. Despite the incredible advances women have made in the last century, many around the world are still struggling to provide for their families and keep them safe amidst violence and instability.”