Women’s History Month: 4 Ways to Celebrate Diversity & Inclusion
Traditionally written by men, history has often focused on males overcoming great challenges that shape our current day attitudes.
Women’s History Month, celebrated every year since 1987, looks to balance the history books by highlighting the often overlooked stories of significant female contributions and achievements.
American women have endured a long and difficult fight for equality, from Abigail Adams urging the Founding Fathers to remember the Founding Mothers to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fighting for women’s right to vote to Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the first female and women of color to hold high office in the United States.
While much progress has been made, we still have a long way to go.
You can make a difference now by advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs in your own organization. Here are four ways that you can get started.
1. Social Media Campaigns #BreakTheBias
International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated every year on March 8, celebrates the “social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” while engaging in activities to raise awareness, funding, and action towards gender parity.
The annual themes for IWD are a highlight of the movement, especially online. This year’s theme, #breakthebias called on people to share images making the “cancel” 🙅♀️🙅♂️ gesture to indicate their support for a gender-neutral world.
Now you can go even further with showing solidarity by making a Powtoon specifically for Women’s History Month and IWD that features animation as well as images. Here are some inspiring Powtoons made to spread awareness and support female empowerment:
2. Host Virtual Events
Looking for a way to provide information for your hybrid workforce around creating a fair world for women? Try hosting a webinar, summit, or hackathon about female empowerment and gender equality in the workplace. Showcase female executives, employees, and inspiring stories in these online events that can make a difference in the way we work together.
From hackathons to webinars to online workshops, you can drive change around important topics such as breaking the glass ceiling, equal pay, and gender equality.
Powtoon has plenty of ready-made designs to inspire and help you launch, promote, and recap your DEI activities.
3. Celebrate Your Diverse Women
If you really want to make an impact on diversity & inclusion at your company, then you should be integrating activities throughout the entire year that bring together women and allies in solidarity. You can host a book club that highlights works by female authors, Q&A sessions on female empowerment with expert speakers, or peer-to-peer female appreciation campaigns.
You can even hold a contest for employees to submit videos about female empowerment and achievement. Powtoon can give you plenty of inspiring examples to help you get started.
4. Give Back to Your Community
We owe it to the women of history to encourage future generations of females to step up and make their dent in the universe. Despite the progress we have made toward gender equality, there’s still plenty of work to do.
That’s why Women’s History Month provides people and organizations the opportunity to contribute to charities and programs that deal with female equality. There are many worthy causes out there that deal with everything – from ensuring equal pay to educational fairness, progress in women’s health, and the elimination of gender-based violence.
In selecting a cause, it’s important to find a charity that speaks to your company culture. This can be a great way to boost morale, engage employees, and promote employee satisfaction. Using a Powtoon to announce these efforts can make all the difference in getting employees to get involved.
5. Make a Change in Your Workplace
Many companies still have a long way to go in creating a culture that fully embraces gender equality. According to McKinsey insights, the two critical components to such change are senior-level sponsorship and high employee engagement.
Senior leaders need to support diversity & inclusion efforts openly and model inclusive leadership.
This means actively participating in DEI training and events to show how important these things are. But this alone is not enough.
Interactions between female employees, their managers, and colleagues are what shape the day-to-day work experience. All employees must be empowered to be part of the solution, and this starts with raising awareness of workplace challenges that women face.
Ongoing employee education helps, but companies who want to change deeply embedded attitudes must go further. For example, internal communications that highlight bias issues while offering diversity & inclusion best practices can be helpful to managers prior to recruitment and promotion processes. Also, making it a regular practice to review and refresh company values and DEI policies can make a difference.
Start Representing Women in the Workplace All Year Round
Now you can celebrate women all year round with the Powtoon video templates shared in this post. From informative videos for DEI training to virtual event invites and more, you can find what you’re looking for on Powtoon. Get started today for free!
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