International Women’s Day, March 8th, is observed by multiple countries across the globe to celebrate the efforts of women both in the home and in the work place. It is important we recognize how far the women’s suffrage/rights movement has come. From women not being able to vote as early as the start of the 1900’s to now being in contention to become president of the United States of America in 2016, the rights of women both domestically and abroad have grown leaps and bounds.
Prior to the 1900s, women did not have many rights, not just in terms of voting, or the ability to influence change, but in the work place as well. Conditions and privileges for women in the factories and various other occupations were considered substandard at best. That is what paved the way for the demonstration in New York City 1908 where on February 28th the seeds were planted for International Women’s Day. It was here that the female garment workers of New York organized a strike to protest the atrocious working conditions. When these atrocities were brought to light, change soon began to follow leading to the celebration of the holiday in New York a year later in 1909. This series of events set in motion the organization of women around the globe. In the following year, 1910, spurred on by the strike in New York City, the Socialist International Women’s Organization met in Copenhagen and established a definitive International Women’s Day to honor the movement for women’s rights and garner support for universal women’s suffrage. This movement would gain additional steam in communist Russia and other Soviet states until Moscow officially recognized the day in 1917.Ironically the west didn’t observe the popular and widely accepted event until 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim the March 8th date as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.
International Women’s Day is momentous in that it helps bring to light many problems women have faced in the work force and now we have started to see major progress. One of those issues is the startlingly low percentage of women in the tech field, but even with this effort, the male dominated IT world has started to change things up. The current work force is comprised of 56% women; however they only hold 25% of jobs in the IT field. This number is slowly but surely starting to grow. Not just at the entry level either, 11% of women are in C-level positions in Fortune 500 corporations, and 5% of tech startups are women owned and this number too is on the rise. The Carly Fiorinas of the world will soon have company in those managerial roles at top level IT corporations, and we could not be more excited about that.
Synergy Computer Solutions is a certified Minority Business Enterprise who supports diversity in IT, but did you know that at Synergy’s Detroit Headquarters alone, half of our employees are women? Many of them are from different backgrounds and because of that at Synergy we have five languages being spoken in the office at any given time. Synergy has female employees with roots tracing back to countries from Europe, multiple Indian representatives, some from Mexico, and also those of African American descent. With all these cultures represented, it is easy to see how Synergy is doing its part to buck the trend and celebrate women in IT. We are proud to promote diversity in the workplace and firmly stand committed to gender equality. Celebrate International Women’s Day by having an extremely diverse work force? WE DO THAT.