Happy International Women’s Day

centredinternationalwomensdayToday is International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated each year on March 8th. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

The theme for 2014 is Inspiring Change.  The first IWD was held in 1911. There are events taking place around the globe to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women today. In some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday.

Some of the activities taking place for connecting women all over the world are rallies, peaceful walks, business conferences, networking events, theatrical and singing performances, fashion parades, discussions and parties.  You can find events in different countries here.

As we reflect on all the women that have contributed to the success of our company, today we encourage everyone to take a moment to think about the women who have guided and shape you through your life – close to home or from afar.  Work, school and in our own families, we can all think of those that have inspired us to change.

We have many role models for remarkable women around the world that have broken down barriers and work to inspire change, like Queen Elizabeth II, Angela Merkel, Michelle Obama, Dilma Rouseff, Hilary Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Malala Yousafzai and so many more. The list is endless.  In our own language services industry, we would like to give special recognition to those that are leading us through innovation and inspiring change, including the Women in Localization www.womeninlocalization.com.

Let’s hope International Women’s Day 2014 will draw attention to important discussions and work toward ensuring a bright and healthy future for girls.

How can you inspire change today?