Celebrating International Women’s Day

Over at RateMyPlacement HQ, we've been thinking about all the amazing women in our lives - and how they inspire us. 

Why? Because it's International Women's Day!

COVID may have put a stop to a lot of things. But this global day (8th March) continues to focus on celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. This means working together to create a gender equal world - one that has uncompromising equality in the workplace, the boardroom, in media coverage and much, much more.

We're dedicated to supporting gender equality in every way we can, because we believe strong female role models are essential to the success of a business. Just take a look at our truly exceptional team of female leaders at RMP (move aside Spice Girls)... 

L-R: Abbie (Commercial Director), Liz (Marketing Director), Nisha (Marketing Manager), Ellie (Account Director), Charley (Account Director), Sophie (Head of Customer Success).

What is International Women's Day?

International Women's Day became an official celebration in the early 1900's, when thousands of women in New York marched in protest for better pay, voting rights and equal pay.

Since then, it has developed into a fully-fledged global event. Not affiliated with any single group, the event epitomises inclusivity through its appeal to governments, business corporations, charities, NGO's, grassroots movements and more.

This year's #ChooseToChallenge theme sends out the powerful message that 'a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change'. Therefore we should all choose to challenge.

With a focus on bringing together people of all ages, class backgrounds, religions, ethnicities and genders, International Women's Day 2021 hopes to inspire and action equality for all by encouraging men and women alike to challenge stereotypes and call out gender bias and inequality.

Why is International Women's Day important?

We really don't have to answer this question. It's pretty obvious. Equality for women is not a luxury, but a basic human right.

International Women's Day 2021 is all about taking action to ensure women around the world have the same rights as men. Whilst significant progress has been made over the last century, it would be silly to suggest that any single country has fully achieved gender equality yet.

That's why International Women's Day is so important. It triggers reflection on the progress that has been made, and honours those who have been pivotal to advancing women's welfare - whether in domestic, juridicial or economic spaces. 

International Women's Day is the perfect opportunity to:

  • Celebrate women's achievements
  • Raise awareness about women's equality
  • Lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • Fundraise for female-focussed charities

Do your bit to spread the word.

Have you joined the International Women's Day community?

Click here to find out more about the day and how you can get involved! And don't forget to show your support by shouting about all things female on social media, using #ChooseToChallenge and #IWD2021.