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Women’s History Month Timeline and Facts & Figures

female-business-professionalsNational Women’s History Month can trace its roots back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month.

Emphasizing the increasing value of having women in leadership positions can help you increase cultural competence among your employees. It’s important to note how women’s roles have evolved, how flexible work arrangements allow more women to combine family and professional responsibilities, and how many glass ceilings still have not been shattered.

The timeline shown here illustrates significant dates in women’s history and major historic figures, while the facts data we have chosen to present here represents information of relevance to corporate America, such as education (available labor pool), business ownership, and progress in gaining executive and management positions.

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  • Brenda Wright

    Thanks so much for the great interview with Michelle Lee of Wells Fargo. There is an absence of African American women in leadership in the Financial Services world.
    was wondering how we could have a timeline showing the progress of women without including Madam C.J. Walker, business woman, philanthropist and recognized as the first female millionaire. She empowered many women to start their own business in a time when there were few female business owners of any race.

  • Freddy Jak

    I enjoyed the article needed it for a project very informative

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