A Rich History of Trailblazing Women
Women’s History Month is now an internationally celebrated observance in March. Across the U.S., we pause to pay tribute to the underacknowledged role women have played in building our nation’s history. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter instated Women’s History Week. He proclaimed, “…men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.”
This year, the official theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”. The honorees are comprised of 13 inspiring female leaders that have advanced gender equality in business and the paid labor force through their display of grit and fortitude. They fought against workplace inequalities, poor and hostile working conditions, and restricted opportunities for women.
My personal favorite of the fearless nominees is Lilly Ledbetter, an equal pay activist. After 19 years of working in a male-dominated environment at Goodyear tire factory and facing daily sexual harassment, Lily learned that she was paid much less than men doing the same job. True to trailblazer form, she filed a sexual discrimination case. Despite having lost her case in a 2007 appeal, her fight for justice continued. In 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was passed into law by President Obama, easing the time restriction for filing discrimination cases.
Check out this year’s full list of Women’s History Month honorees.
Inclusion Now: Caiman Culture and PBWC
Caiman CEO Raazi Imam emphasized Caiman's commitment to gender equality. “The women of Caiman are key to the diversity of thought and experiences we strive for in our organization. Nearly 45% of our employee base today are women. Caiman would not have a great culture and world-class capabilities were it not for this group of talented consultants, managers, senior managers, and partners.”
At Caiman, we aim to establish gender equality as an integral part of our DNA. We encourage women-focused opportunities for empowerment, community building, networking, and career development. To further our commitment, we are participating in the 28th annual Professional BusinessWomen of California's (PBWC) conference in San Francisco on March 28th. PBWC offers a full day of speakers (culminating with a keynote speech by none other than Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton), cutting-edge seminars by top thought leaders, panels of industry experts, and networking opportunities with leading business executives.
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