International Women's Day
As part of our partnership and sponsorship for the official History of Parliament Trust Vote100 celebrations, we wanted to thank all our International female consultants for the amazing work they do with us on a daily basis. This is why we wanted to share and celebrate International Women’s Day by providing a brief history on the importance of the day.
What is International Woman’s Day?
International Women’s Day (or IWD in its abbreviated form) is a worldwide event celebrating women’s achievements and highlighting gender equality, from a political to social level.
Ever since the early 1900s, the day has been recognised and celebrated each year on March 8th. With no affiliation to any one group, the day brings together multiple governments, women's organisations, corporations and charities.
How did it all start?
It’s tricky to trace the exact origins of IWD. The earliest recorded event is believed to have taken place back in 1908, when over 15,000 women lead a march through the streets of New York City for voting rights, shorter working hours and better pay.
It was a year later when the first National Woman’s Day was officially observed in the US, taking place on February 28th.
In 1910, Clara Zetkin, the leader of the ‘women’s office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, put forward the suggestion that every country should celebrate women on one day, every year to push for their demands - she named this day International Women’s Day.
Over 100 women from 17 countries gathered at a conference that same year, to agree with her suggestion to officially form IWD. In 1911 on March 19th, the day was celebrated for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
On 1913, the decision was made to move IWD to March 8 (which means it falls on a Thursday every year), and it has been celebrated on that day ever since. The day has only been recognised by the United Nations since 1975, but ever since, it has created a theme for the celebration each year.
Why do we celebrate the day?
The day is celebrated as a positive movement towards full gender equality for women, which has still not been realised across the world. Women are still not presented in equal numbers in business or politics and a gender pay gap continues to exist across the globe.
According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won't close until 2186. This is why on IWD, women across the world will come together to make the world recognise these inequalities – while also celebrating the vast achievements of women who have overcome these barriers.
According to a 2017 report by the World Economic Forum, it could still take another 100 years before the global equality gap between men and women disappears entirely.
Procorre are heavily involved with helping our female contractors thrive within the consulting industry. This is why we promote gender equality across all sectors around the world, whilst striving to help our female employees to advance their careers.
We actively encourage the retention and promotion of female talent, with both consultants and internal staff. By offering dedicated support, generous benefits and global project opportunities, we provide more flexibility for all our consultants to strike the right work-life balance.
If you are a female consultant looking to join a professional consultancy service with global reach, please apply here