International Women's Day


International Women's Day is an annual commemoration of women's achievements—socially, economically, culturally, and politically. 

2018 International Women's Day

#IWD2018 takes place on March 8. How will you and your organization recognize and celebrate it? Check out the growing list of ideas and opportunities to make impact in March and beyond. 

2017 International Women's Day

Catalyst was the official charity partner for the International Women's Day organization in support of their 2017 theme, #BeBoldForChange, keenly in line with our own Catalyst Award theme of #LeadershipRedefined!

On March 8, 2017, the world celebrated International Women's Day. This year, the 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner were also held on that special day—honoring organizations implementing bold initiatives for workplace equality.

2017 Catalyst Award Winners

On International Women's Day 2017, initiatives from 3M, BMO Financial Group and Rockwell Automation won the prestigious 2017 Catalyst Award. For 30 years, these awards have recognized exceptional efforts that help advance women in business. See the acceptance speeches from 3M's Inge Thulin, BMO Financial Group's William Downe, and Rockwell Automation's Blake Moret, as well as the keynote speech from Catalyst President and CEO Deborah Gillis.

Catalyst CEO Champions for Change

International Women's Day, March 8, 2017, also saw the launch of Catalyst CEO Champions for Changea new initiative wherein CEOs visibly commit to continually working toward diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in their organizations.

More than 45 CEOs and business leaders have affirmed their commitment to be champions for change. 

Engage Male Allies

International Women's Day is a call that amplifies Catalyst's own Mission Statement: To accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. That call is not just for women, but also for men; men who are abolutely necessary if change for women is going to be realized.  

Catalyst’s MARC community is a group of Men Advocating Real Change, an online learning community created by Catalyst for professionals committed to achieving equality in the workplace. MARC empowers community members to engage in candid conversations about gender, its impact in the workplace, and how to lead change through member-generated advice, insights, and best practices. Membership is free and open to anyone seeking to drive change in the workplace.

Are you interested? Check out our For Men page.

If your company may be interested in involving and supporting men as they step up to the challenge of inclusive leadership, check out our For Organizations page.

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