For over a century, International Women’s Day has marked a day of celebration and advocacy for women’s rights and equality around the world. It’s a day to observe the social, economic, and cultural achievements of women, celebrating the many success stories and recognizing what still needs to be done.
Throughout history, women have had to fight for the freedom that we all know today. The right to get an education, the right to housing, voting rights, the list goes on and on. One hundred fifty years ago was a very different time than what we know now, but we celebrate accordingly throughout the entire month of March for Women’s History Month.
But what sparked this change? It wasn’t through the snap of a finger, the blink of an eye or turning heads the other way; it took tireless efforts from women and men to fight for what is right.
For the duration of Women’s History Month, Oversight challenges you to take this time to reflect and celebrate the ceiling shattering women who have gotten us to where we are now:
- - Ada Lovelace who wrote one of the first computer programs;
- - Elizabeth Blackwell first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree;
- - Rosa Parks who helped change a discriminatory rule that African Americans could not sit by a Caucasian on the bus;
- - Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina judge and third woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States;
- - Malala Yousafzai the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist for female education;
- - Frida Kahlo who is one of Mexico’s great artists and so many more who have paved the way for women of this time.
Oversight is committed to inclusivity and will continue to place our efforts towards women in the workplace. To the women of Oversight, we hear you, we see you, we respect you, and we celebrate you.
In the words of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”