March is Women’s History Month and we celebrate International Women’s History Day on March 8th.
Throughout history, even when facing bias that seemed insurmountable, women have made trailblazing strides in improving our nation, and our world. Unfortunately, a lot of these efforts and stories have gone untold. Women courageously have fought for the right to vote, human rights, and equality. The barriers set forth were bravely shattered by women throughout history; thus, women have helped shape and build our nation.
Women’s History Month began in 1978 as a week-long celebration in Santa Rosa, California started by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women. However, the first International Women’s Day began on March 8th, 1911. Prior to this, thousands of women marched in 1908 for better labor laws, better labor conditions, and last, but certainly not least, the right to vote. One year later, on February 28th, 1909, they gathered again in Manhattan for what they deemed the first International Women’s Day. Eventually, news spread to Europe and March 8th was declared International Women’s Day; however, it wasn’t widely accepted by the United States until 1975 when the UN began sponsoring it.
Here are some history-making women:
Susan B. Anthony – Susan B. Anthony was one of the most iconic leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, along side Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Rosa Parks – She helped spark the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat to a white man in 1955.
Sandra Day O’Connor – The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court when she was sworn in by President Reagan in 1981.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an advocate for women’s right and a Supreme Court Judge.
Kamala Harris – Over a century after women gained the right to vote, Vice President Harris was sworn in as the first woman and first person of color Vice President of the United States in 2021.
Balchem is committed to empowering the women of the company through the Balchem Women’s Impact Network (BWIN). BWIN was established in 2018 with a mission to build a platform that informs, develops, and empowers all their employees to thrive both professionally and personally. Currently, there are 110 members of this network who meet to discuss relevant topics, potential improvements and overall empowerment.
We at Balchem thank all of the strong women who have shaped our Nation and our World. Celebrate by reading a book by powerful women (Jane Austen, Toni Morrison) or watch one of the many documentaries detailing the journeys of women throughout history. Wear purple and join us in sharing selfies inspired by #choosetochallenge and #fullpotential.