International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day and we are proud to celebrate the inspiring women in our lives and in our company. To the women reading this—Thank you. Every day, in a thousand different ways, you inspire us and set the example for our daughters.

The theme for 2015’s International Women’s Day is ‘Make It Happen’. It is a call to not just appreciate, not just to celebrate, not just to talk, but to act. Action isn’t only big gestures. It starts small. $100k for breast cancer begins with a $10 pledge. The construction of a new women’s shelter begins with one person asking “What can I do to help?” On the 8th (and every day), take a moment to act in some small way for the women around you, or even just to appreciate them and let them know how they have added value to your life.

2014 was an incredible year for women’s rights around the globe. We hope you’ll join us in our commitment to ‘Make It Happen’ on an even larger scale in 2015. For each comment we receive on this post and for every share our International Women’s Day email receives via the included share buttons, we’ll donate $10 to the United Nations Fund for UN Women.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few stories about phenomenal women of action:

Marie Curie

Born in 1867, she was the first woman to receive a PHD from the Sorbonne, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize ever and in the categories of physics and chemistry, and the first person—man or woman—to receive two Nobel Prizes. She is attributed with the discovery of polonium, radium, and the development of X-rays. Read more about the life of this ground breaking woman…

 

Valentina Tereshkova

In June of 1963, the Russian factory worker with a passion for parachuting became the first woman in space. In only sixteen months she completed the intensive training to become a cosmonaut and completed more orbits than all of the U.S. astronauts that preceded her combined before successfully returning to Earth. She went on to become a member of the USSR’s national parliament. Read more about her here…

 

Jane Addams

In 1889, she and friend Ellen Gates Starr opened one of the first settlement houses in North America. Hull House in Chicago offered services for the poor and immigrant population, growing services to include childcare, education, and public meals. Addams also served on Chicago’s Board of Education and was the first president of what would become the National Conference of Social Work. See her many accomplishments here…

 

Anna Mary Robertson

The artist known as Grandma Moses didn’t begin painting until she was 76 years old. After a lifetime of labor and little education, giving birth to ten children and helping her husband run their farm in rural New York, she finally began painting when arthritis prohibited her from farm work and embroidery. At 78 her paintings, primarily done on small pieces of cardboard, were discovered by an art collector. After her first one-woman show at the age of 80 she became an instant success in the art world. She continued to paint until her death at the age of 101. Find out more about this remarkable woman…

 

Condoleezza Rice

The first woman to hold the position of National Security Advisor, Ms. Rice was also the second woman and second African American to hold the position of Secretary of State. She was a major pioneer in the expansion of global democracies and remains a respected member of Stanford University’s faculty, serving as Provost from 1993 to 1999 and the current director of its Global Center for Business and Economy. Read more about this phenomenal woman…

 

Emma Watson

In July of 2014, the 24 year old former Harry Potter actress was named one of the United Nations Women’s Goodwill Ambassadors after several years of involvement in humanitarian efforts to promote education for girls. In September of 2014, she addressed the United Nations (shown above) and launched the HeForShe campaign to combat the perception of modern feminism and change the way the world views women’s rights. Read more about this rising voice in women’s rights….

 

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