International Women’s Day 2021 and #ChooseToChallenge
Throughout history, women have made unique contributions to the progression of academic fields. And International Women’s Day, which is an international holiday and was first celebrated in 1911, gives us yet another chance to talk about women’s achievements around the globe.
HireBee, as a global product which provides smart post-pandemic recruitment solutions for businesses, likewise prioritizes women’s equality and inclusivity in the workspace. And, in this occasion, joining the #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge movement, we’re happy to hear from female founders, HRs, recruitment specialists and other specialists, from our and our partners’ organizations, on what International Women’s Day means to them.
For the first volume, we asked this question to women in local organizations, and this time, for the second volume, we have asked this question to women in global organizations.
“What does international women’s day mean to you?”
We often forget that the purpose of this holiday, which was created 110 years ago, was to protect women’s rights, and promote their involvement, development and equal pay in all domains.
A whole century has passed since that day, many things have changed on the planet Earth and women have reached new heights in all spheres, proving the simple truth that when there is aspiration, all myths about the impossible are shattered.
The Evas of the world are women, daughters, sisters, excellent specialists in various fields, but above all, they are entrusted with the greatest role given to them by nature – motherhood.
When you look at the most beautiful of creations – the MAN – remember that the author is the WOMAN. I am happy to belong to that creative group of Homo Sapiens!
So, I consider March 8th a day of glorification of everything beautiful…
Ani, Talent Management Consultant at PicsArt Inc.
For centuries women fought for their right to have freedom of speech, to vote and to govern. Today, at last, we almost have equal rights, so this day’s true meaning is the celebration of our achievements on political and cultural platforms. Receiving flowers, gifts and compliments is certainly flattering, but we must never forget the long way we’ve come to be where we are today.
Piruz, Head of HR Department at AREGAK UCO CJSC
International Women’s Day is one of many opportunities throughout the year to uplift, highlight, and amplify women’s voices and experiences. It’s a call to listen more deeply to my fellow female colleagues, dissolve the urge to compete, and soften into action towards more inclusion.
Falon, Sr. Technical Writer at DISQO
International Women’s day needs to have more layers for celebration and not be limited to only giving flowers and gifts to women. For me, it’s the pride of celebrating the successes and achievements made by women, most importantly women having a voice and feeling confident to speak-up. It’s about lifting up women and recognizing the magnitude of value they contribute to evolution and progression.
Elvina, Head of Human Resources at HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man
From one perspective, the day reminds us of the long way, full of hardship, that brave women have taken for centuries, so that my generation and the generations after can have equal rights. From another, it is a day to celebrate ourselves – as women, to feel special and empowered.
Luiza, Founder at HireBee
In my opinion, International Women’s Day is inextricably linked with the fighter for women’s rights Clara Zetkin. It is a day when, regardless of ethnic, national and language borders, all women unite and celebrate the achievements of women leaders. For me, spring begins from this day. When everything starts to bloom around, not only flowers, but also women. When the sun is shining and you want to spend more time in nature.
Indira, Country Manager at HireBee Kazakhstan
I think that March 8 is quite a symbolic day, very suitable for women.
After all, 8 is a symmetrical number, which is a rotated infinity sign and means two worlds at the same time – material and spiritual.
Historically, the celebration reminds us of the contribution of women to the fight for equality, therefore, the recognition of the achievements of women, their contribution to science, culture, politics, medicine, etc.
On the other hand, it is a celebration of femininity, beauty, flowers and of course our mothers!
That’s why for me March 8 is a combination of both sides of a woman’s life, a celebration of endless harmony – the main state of a woman’s soul, customary for a happy woman.
And when a woman is happy, her loved ones and everyone around her are also happy!
Valeria, Director of Recruitment, Training and Development Department VTB Bank Kazakhstan
The glass ceiling still continues to be an overwhelming reality for most women. International Women’s Day is a celebration of women across the board and seeks to understand the different struggles and lived experiences of some today. It is about giving women the opportunity to excel and shine regardless of their class and creed. To me, I believe understanding the intersectionalities in the identities and experiences of women will help us go a long way in dealing with issues like gender inequality. International Women’s Day remains an important foundation.
Shivani, UC Berkeley Intern at HireBee.ai
For me, this is a day to take a step back and appreciate the woman being in its most diverse aspects. Together with all of their tenderness and softness – self-realization & unbounded development is what inspires me most. Girls, let’s rock it!
Ani, Founder & CEO at Magnus HR
Some Closing Comments
We are very thankful to our partners for sharing their perspectives and contributing to the blog. We are certain that any initiative will help the world become more inclusive. We’d also love to hear from our readers, so make sure to let us know: what does international women’s day mean to you?