Kognito celebrates International Women’s Day and strives to #BreakTheBias
International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the social, political, cultural, and historical achievements of women. This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias to raise awareness and take action for gender equality. Together we strive for a world free of discrimination, bias, and stereotypes toward women and forge a path for equality.
History of International Women’s Day
For more than a century, people from all over the world have been celebrating March 8th as International Women’s Day. The event stemmed in 1908 when 15,000 women marched the streets of New York City demanding better pay, shorter work hours, and the right to vote. Due to this protest, the first National Woman’s Day was declared a year later.
National Woman’s Day eventually became International Women’s Day in 1910, an idea suggested by Clara Zetkin at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. The day was officially celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, and we are still celebrating over 100 years later.
March 8th has become the day to celebrate how far women have come in society. We continue to celebrate the great achievements of women and raise awareness of continued gender inequality in the world.
How Kognito strives to #BreakTheBias
Today Kognito reflects on how we collectively strive to #BreakTheBias. Discussions included how we can break the bias in our communities, workplaces, and schools and campuses. To show solidarity, many shared images striking the International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias pose.
We asked the Kognito team to share how and why they strive to break the bias and support the movement of creating a completely equal society. Here is what they had to say:
“As a leader, I am responsible for my influence, my words, and my actions both personally and professionally. I support #breakthebias to create space for ALL humans to feel seen, heard, valued, and included in all spaces I lead and occupy. When we celebrate differences, remain curious, and open our hearts and minds, we are invited to expand our understanding of the world and those we share it with.” – Dawn Bornheimer, Sales Manager Clinical Health
“I do my part to #breakthebias by acknowledging that it starts with me. We each have the capacity to learn, grow, and do better when we know better. Seeking and celebrating the positive aspects of diversity lays the groundwork for the recognizing that, as humans, we are more alike than different.” – Brooke Handy, Key Account Manager
“I break the silence because I can. Every woman of color before me has opened doors and created seats at tables that claimed to have no room for us. It would be a shame and a disservice to not vocalize my rights and take ownership of my power. Like the great Maya Angleou so wisely stated, ‘But still, like air, I rise.’” – Imari Rodriguez, Associate Client Success Manager
“I break the bias for my smart, beautiful stepdaughters because I want them to live in a better, more just world.”
– Karita DosSantos, Sales Representative
“I break the bias by choosing courage to speak up and out when I see and hear gender inequities in voice, representation, policies, and programs.” – Darren Jones, Strategic Account Executive
“I strive to break the bias so women have a pathway to unlock their potential and positively impact lives in their community and around the world. “ – Victoria Crawford, Director of Marketing
“I strive to break the bias for the girls and women who are told they can’t, because they CAN and they WILL.”
– Tess Bundt, Marketing Specialist
“I break the bias by supporting and advising collegiate women to exude confidence and create a bright and empowering environment on their campus.” – Lauren Hall, Client Success Manager
“I break the bias to help create a world where all people, no matter their gender, race, sexual orientation, etc., can feel empowered to accomplish their dreams.” – Alyssa Belanger, Marketing Coordinator
“I strive to break the bias so that all women have equal access to the opportunities they deserve, have worked for and have dreamed of.” – Jennifer Scherzay, Senior Marketing Manager
We stand together for a gender equal world
Together, we acknowledge the inequalities that still exist in the world. International Women’s Day is the day to come together and #BreakTheBias to help forge women’s equality. For more information on International Women’s Day, visit internationalwomensday.com.