It’s March 8 and that means time to celebrate the amazing women across the globe. More importantly, it is time to recognize the positive effects of diversity in our lives.
This year’s theme is #BeBoldforChange. Being bold doesn’t mean you need to the loudest or most well-spoken, it means holding true to your beliefs. It means not being afraid to use your voice. It means not being what you are expected to be and being who you are.
This is not a recent addition to society. In fact, according to Wikipedia, the first International Women’s Day in the United States was observed on February 28, 1909! This isn’t a new thing, the strength of diversity is woven in the history of culture, with many “firsts” resulting from people being who they were and breaking molds.
- Susan B. Anthony: An advocate for women’s suffrage, women’s property rights and the abolition of slavery, in 1872 she tried to vote in the Presidential election. While Anthony was never able to legally vote, the 19th amendment, ratified in 1920, was named the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment.”
- Marie Curie: The first woman Professor of General Physics in the Faculty of Sciences at the Sorbonne in 1906. Madame Curie was also the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in Physics in 1903 and in Chemistry in 1911 for her work in radioactivity.
- Wangari Muaathai: A Kenyan scientist, professor, environmental and political activist who was the first woman in East or Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. She is credited with founding a community initiative that seeks to empower women through civic education and environmental stewardship.
- Mae Jemison: An American physician and the first African-American female astronaut.
These women represent only a few who have created change in our world. They were unafraid to do things differently and they have paved the way for change. There are so many examples throughout history and there will be no shortage moving forward.
At OpenText, we celebrate diversity. We encourage everyone to use their voice and #BeBoldforChange. Through structured programs and our everyday culture, our values reflect this. To find out more from our CEO Mark Barrenechea on diversity, read his blog celebrating International Women’s Day.
Today of all days, be brave, be bold and, be yourself.