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Since 1987, the month of March has been celebrated as the Women’s History Month in the United States. Despite accounting for nearly half of the population, the contributions of American women have been historically greatly underappreciated to the point of invisibility. This has started to change in recent decades, but only because of the vigilant efforts of millions of educated citizens and activists.

Here are five of the most productive ways you can contribute to creating a more positive workplace environment for this Women’s History Month:-

1)  Share Knowledge About History

The theme of 2023 Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories”, an initiative that invites people from all communities and backgrounds to make a conscious effort to get to know about prominent women both in the past and at present. In keeping with this spirit, there is a great potential of spreading knowledge about women’s history by sharing books on the subject with co-workers. This activity is especially convenient and important if your workplace is furnished with a dedicated library, or if you are associated with an educational institution. Alternatively, a film screening of feminist documentaries or even a virtual museum or exhibit tour could be arranged to do the trick.

Learning about the past can make us realize the gravity of sacrifices made by women to achieve their current status, and also provide a crucial source of inspiration to make future progress possible.

2)  Be Aware of Contemporary Discrimination

Women’s History Month is not solely about cherishing the struggle and achievements of women in the past. Part of the reason why women’s history is so important is that it makes us more aware of the systemic and lasting consequences of the Patriarchy. This discrimination is not only manifested at home and in the media, but also faced by women in the day-to-day work environments.

For instance, you could help your colleagues become more cognizant of the continued disparity between the earnings of male and female workers, the hiring disparity and widespread workplace harassment faced by women, and the burden of balancing household and childcare labor with a job.

3)  Donate

One easy way to make a meaningful contribution for small and big businesses alike is to find and support charity work aimed at uplifting women. Depending on the nature of your workplace, you could either encourage your colleagues to collectively donate a large sum to an international women’s organization such as the Women for Women International, or simply volunteer some time to help a more local group working for similar causes. You can also find specific groups dedicated to helping LGBTQ+ women, women of color, or disabled women. Larger firms could even partner with and invite non-profit charities to hold an event or diversity training course at their offices.

4)  Support Female-Owned Businesses

One of the most effective and practical ways to ‘vote with your dollar’ is to partner with women-owned businesses. This can easily be accomplished at the workplace by working with such enterprises to procure the goods and products needed. This is especially useful if you can convince your workplace leaders to prioritize working with local women-owned businesses rather than large companies, which are disproportionately dominated by male executives.

5)  Recognize Accomplished Women

Finally, you could help change your own workplace environment by holding a ceremony devoted to celebrating the women who have prominently contributed to the business. This could taken the form of a ‘Woman of the Year’ award, or a more mundane tacit recognition of the contribution of your female employers, employees, and colleagues.

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Anthony Tilghman, is an 3x Award-winning Photojournalist, Education advocate, Mentor, and Published Author with years of experience in media, photography, marketing and branding. He is the Winner of the 2020, 2021 & 2023 Dateline award for Excellence in Local Journalism.

Anthony Tilghman

Anthony Tilghman, is an 3x Award-winning Photojournalist, Education advocate, Mentor, and Published Author with years of experience in media, photography, marketing and branding. He is the Winner of the...

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