Today is a day to think about all of the amazing women we have in our lives and who have made us who we are. Think about your mother, your sister, your friend, your colleague. Take a minute to tell each of them what they mean to you. What they have taught you. What you admire about them. It can be simple. It will matter to them more than you know.
Today is also a day to reflect on all of the progress that women have made in the past 50 years and reflect on where we want to go. Think about and commit to doing one thing to help a woman or anyone who is an underdog.
When we each seek to bring out the best in each other, it makes all of our lives richer and better.
Happy Hour Fireside Chat with Karen + LB
followed by Wine & Cupcakes from Women Business Owners
Women Run Pop Up: Nana Joe’s Snacks
Themed Breakfast, Screening of Inter-Women video during Show + Tell
featuring baked good from Women Business Owners
Q&A with Anna Cosgrave
Table Quiz and prizes!
Fireside Chat 🔥 with Jane & Maria
Inter-Women Social & Discussion
Themed Happy Hour, Screening of Inter-Women video during Show + Tell
Boldest Guessing Game
Table Quiz & Monzo Events
Fireside Chat 🔥 with Jane & Maria
Lunch Tech Talk & Happy Hour
Watch out in your location's Slack channels for local events and activities, or check the celebrations doc.
International Women’s Day (March 8) is when the world celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It reminds us how much work we have left to do and calls us all to play a part in accelerating gender parity.
The first International Women’s Day (IWD) took place on March 8, 1911 and was supported by 1M+ people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Today, IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere—including everyone at Intercom!
Visit the International Women’s Day website for more info.
The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap report found that there’s a positive trend of conditions improving for women in 89 out of 144 countries surveyed. We’re celebrating that achievement while acknowledging there’s still a 32% average gender gap that remains. This is why we need to continue to #balanceforbetter.
It won’t change overnight, but if we all work together, we’ll make a lasting impact. Let’s start by approaching gender parity with urgency, action and empathy.
We’re building a team that equally represents all genders around the world. That’s why we’re addressing gender issues head on, taking responsibility for our approach to diversity and inclusion, and aspiring to serve as an example to others.
It’s key to our values that we create a diverse and inclusive workplace where people can belong. We’re proud of our efforts to overcome the negative impacts of unconscious bias. Our leadership and management teams have been participating in ‘Beyond Unconscious Bias’ training workshops with industry leaders in the field of Diversity & Inclusion, and we’ve recently begun offering this to all employees too!
We think the future is exciting and want to work together to make sure it’s gender-balanced with opportunity for everyone. All people should have access to opportunity and growth—that’s why we celebrate when people succeed, but are moved to take action when people’s access is denied.
Today I’m thinking about the women who made me who I am. Who faced real discrimination in their struggle to survive so that their children could thrive.
International Women’s Day is a celebration of them—and of all women who contribute to the magic, vibrancy, and success of humanity.
For Intercom in particular I will be forever grateful to the incredible women who built and are building this company. Their impact has been an essential and core component of our success, and long may that continue.
“I believe that equality and diversity strengthen us beyond what we could imagine. Every day I see women in all walks of life fight against barriers to prove that. To prove their worth as co-workers, as parents, as leaders, as athletes, or even just as people. The results that come from that struggle, while not always successful, are an incredible sign of ability, resilience, strength and perseverance. Strength beyond the traditional meaning of the word, strength we can’t even imagine until we see it, and everytime I see it I’m in awe of it. International Women’s Day is a public celebration of that strength. A time where we say if you don’t know who this woman is, you should. If you don’t know what the women in your lives go through, you should, and if you haven’t appreciated that yet, you should. It’s a day for reflection, education, celebration and motivation to encourage the next woman who will inspire awe in you.”
“International Women's Day is a huge opportunity to reflect on how far we have come. It was a highly emotive 2018 for me, where we broke massive boundaries and stigmas and history was made with the referendum. It’s empowering to witness this all unfolding on a greater scale. I’m proud to be part of these changes and every tiny step leads the way forward and the ripple effect is powerful, voices have been found, listened to and heard.
Acknowledging the wonderfully strong, kind and empathetic women I’m proud to call my friends and to see the support amongst peers is humbling and I’m grateful to be a small part of it.
2019 is set to be another inspirational year, I can’t wait to see what’s ahead.”
“International Women’s Day is a celebration of how far we’ve come in working towards equality, but also a reminder that we still have a long way to go. I'm so proud to work as part of a company that marks this day with such enthusiasm and takes equality in all its forms so seriously. However I need to constantly remind myself that my experience working as a woman in tech leadership (having equal opportunities, being treated with respect and dignity) is sadly not the norm in our industry, or across the world. There's a lot of work yet to happen in getting where we need to be. Thanks to the brave and fearless women who have gone before me in breaking down so many barriers, I feel inspired to carry the torch and help create a #BalanceforBetter.”
“International Women’s Day is a day we all come together to celebrate the achievements of many incredible women in history that paved the way for us. It is the day I make sure I've thanked the women in my life that inspire me, encourage me and support me.
It is also a time to reflect on the work we still have to do to reach gender parity and on the part that I can play moving us forward.”
“I love the theme of 2019's International Women's Day #BalanceForBetter, because it really speaks to the outcomes of what habits of diversity and inclusion can do for the world. Notably, gender is only one piece of a much larger equation, but all the strides we've made as a gender—particularly in the past year—are essential for creating the space and opportunity for other underserved and underrepresented populations.
In my day to day role as a design leader, this becomes very practical: different perspectives from different experiences help us create more inclusive, better experiences. We can better challenge our biases and prejudices and refine our intuitions, and we can best do this through putting ourselves in work and life situations with people unlike us. Personally, today I'm incredibly grateful for the women in leadership roles that have not only paved the path for me, but have pulled me up with them. And for that, I make it my goal to do the same for others every day, and I commit to be the challenger of sameness and fight for that balance.”
“It’s a day I remind myself of the equality challenges women have overcome thus far, and all the challenges that still lie ahead. It's also a day when I think of my role models who have fought and persisted and won, when fighting for the rights of women everywhere, and an important reminder to us to help in all the ways that we can.”
“To me, International Women’s Day is a reminder of the strength of womanhood, and not only what we have survived, but have overcome in our efforts to breakdown gender norms, stereotypes and inequalities, both in the public and private spheres. While some major successes have already been achieved, this day also helps to give me pause for the changes we can still strive for, especially in the areas of business, sport and politics.
It’s not enough to just include women in the name of numbers and quotas, anymore. To be truly inclusive, we must support women by raising their voices further, recognising their outstanding contributions to their crafts, and helping to tear down the biases and obstacles to true equality that still exist.
I would love for us all to use this day to look beyond our bodies, and to think about how we can all come together to continue making progress and creating a truly inclusive space for all.”
“I want to live in a world where all people—women and men, binary and non-binary—have equal access to safety, freedom, education, opportunity, growth, and advancement. We can’t live in that world if even one person is left behind, but that’s the case for so many women around the world today.
International Women’s Day is important to me because it’s the one time each year when we all commit ourselves to this vision, when we promise that we’ll aim for ‘Higher, Further, Faster, More’ together.”
“International Women’s Day means A LOT to me—it makes me so proud to be a woman and allows me to acknowledge the amazing opportunities I have that are not a reality for other women.
This is an opportunity for us to reflect on the changes we still need to make and the steps we need to take to accelerate equality and empower women. Take the time today to tell the women in your life what they mean to you. Empowered women, empower women and we should do what we can to lift up those around us.
Today and every day I feel grateful to work in a company that is passionate about diversity, inclusion and balance and I look forward to working alongside my peers and our executives to solidify Intercom as the best place for women to work in the tech industry.”
“A few years ago I had a realization… I… am… a... white… man.
Sure I always knew I had white skin and anatomically I was male, but it wasn’t until I started to understand how society worked that I truly understood what it meant to be a white man. My whole life I have had a wind at my back. A wind that has helped encourage me to push for that promotion even if I wasn’t ready, to speak up in meetings, a wind that blew open doors for me. But it’s this same wind that often blows in the face of many other people.
IWD reminds us that we are capable of taking action to drive the change needed to get to a more equal and diverse world. Change doesn’t come from one grand gesture it comes from a million small gestures. It’s making sure that people have an equal opportunity to express their opinions. It’s constructing interview panels to be diverse so that diverse interviewees feel like Intercom is a place for them. It’s ensuring that performance management is objective to avoid unconscious bias. International Women’s Day reminds us to step up and do these things and more, and if we all do them, and we do them together, each of those small little gestures will combine to be a cacophony of sound that’s impossible to ignore.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “All I ask of our brethren is to take their feet off our necks.” Well, we can do much better than that. We can stand side by side with you, not only on International Women’s Day, but all the other days, too... and confidently stride together toward a more equal future.”