Women’s History Month is about celebrating and honoring women and their contributions to society. Here are some Women’s History Month ideas for work.
Women’s History Month is an important celebration recognizing the contributions, impact, and change women have made in society throughout history.
In 1978, educators brought awareness to women’s history by organizing a weeklong celebration in Santa Rosa, California. This week coincided with International Women’s Day on March 8th and inspired women from across the country. Not too long after, historians and groups led by the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) fought for women’s history to be nationally recognized. Fast forward to 1980, President Jimmy Carter made a presidential proclamation for National Women’s History Week. In 1987, congress declared March as Women’s History Month.
So why is Women’s History Month important to celebrate at work? It allows women employees to feel seen, heard, and valued. In addition, it encourages workplace equity and enables companies to review their systems and policies. Commemorating women’s history can expand workplace knowledge and promote connectedness and engagement.
Let’s jump into Women’s History Month events and ideas to try at work.
When organizing events in the workplace, the first step is to do your research. Understanding the history behind celebrations can guide you in the planning process. Second, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Incorporating your team’s ideas creates an inclusive environment where everyone feels comfortable.
Each year, NWHA selects a theme to explore for Women’s History Month. The 2023 theme “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” recognizes women from the past and present who have contributed to media and storytelling.
Here are some great ways to celebrate Women’s History Month with the theme in mind:
Kicking off Women’s History Month with an in-person or virtual lunch and learn is a great way to educate employees about pivotal moments in women’s history. Start with organizing a catered lunch from a woman-owned business.
When it comes to your learning session, the sky’s the limit. Whether it’s a documentary chronicling the evolution of women’s history, a Ted Talk from influential women figures, or a presentation with essential facts, you can’t go wrong!
Round out your event with a Q&A or shout-out session. This allows team members to show appreciation to other women employees or ask questions.
Hiring a woman chef to lead a virtual cooking class is the perfect way to excite team members about Women’s History Month activities. Like many other industries, women have played an integral role in the food industry. Historically, women have helped shape and nurture society through food. In fact, cookbooks were a way for women to amplify their voices during a time when gender equity was not the topic of conversation.
Consider researching women-owned food experiences in your local area or opt for a fantastic platform like Adá Experiences. Adá Experiences offers an array of virtual food experiences led by women chefs.
Here are some to check out:
While there are many ways to give back, finding a nonprofit to support shows a willingness to go the extra mile. Organizations like the Malala Fund, founded by student Malala Yousafzai, support education for girls to reach their full potential.
Organize a company survey to learn what nonprofits or charity employees are passionate about. Encouraging your team to weigh in creates an inclusive space. It also allows you to select an organization that aligns with your company’s mission.
Once the charity is selected, raise awareness by sharing on your company’s social media or newsletter.
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day by hosting panel discussions, workshops, or webinars on gender equality, highlighting women’s achievements, promoting inclusivity, and supporting women’s initiatives within the workplace.
We celebrate Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. It serves as a reminder to continue advocating for gender equality and recognize the contributions and achievements of women throughout history.
Explore our virtual and in-person cooking classes, mixology experiences and more — all hosted by Black chefs and culinary creators.