Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD), and we look forward to celebrating alongside change leaders like you from around the world! Follow NCWIT on Twitter and Facebook for inspirational stories of technical women and practical recommendations for promoting inclusivity.
IWD is celebrated in many countries as a day to recognize women for their achievements without regard to national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political divisions. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. For more information about the history of International Women’s Day, visit the United Nations.
Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Join in on paying tribute to the generations of women whose technical contributions have proved invaluable to society, like the 2017 NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award Winner Barbara Liskov who became one of the first women in the U.S. to get a PhD from a computer science department and continues to lead a noteworthy career. We will honor Barbara Liskov at the 2017 NCWIT Summit on Women and IT.
Acknowledge the Importance of Technical Women Year Round
Any day is an ideal day to celebrate women’s innovations in computing and to advocate for increasing their meaningful participation. NCWIT offers resources and initiatives to help any individual plan events in support and solidarity:
“International Women's Day-in-a-Box: Raising Awareness, Igniting Change” helps computing companies and departments plan activities and events while establishing a culture and expectation for broader diversity of thought in computing. // www.ncwit.org/iwd
The “Male Allies and Advocates Toolkit” is intended to support workplace efforts to engage male allies and advocates in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Men are often the leaders, power holders, and gatekeepers in the computing workplace, and enlisting their participation is vital for change efforts to be truly effective. Use this toolkit to plan who to invite to your event and how, and read through some general guidelines for selecting and prepping your speakers. // www.ncwit.org/ma-toolkit
Sit With Me (SWM) is a fun, creative national advocacy campaign that uses an iconic red chair to symbolize the critical need for women’s technical contributions. Men and women, both technical and non-technical, hold events to acknowledge and celebrate these valuable contributions. Use the SWM event toolkit to host your own event.