The first Women’s Day dates back to 1909, when over fifteen thousand women in New York marched for equal pay and voting rights. Their bravery gave birth to the holiday we observe every March 8th: International Women’s Day. Today, we reflect on women’s suffrage and the struggle thousands went through to achieve the right to vote.
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However, the fight is not over. In 2017, the wage gap between men and women is still an issue. For women of color, the gap continues to widen. Headlines of sexism, discrimination and harassment are still all too common in local and international news. In response to this injustice, the organizers of A Day Without a Woman are asking the people to flex their economic power by avoiding shopping for the day (with exceptions for small, women and minority-owned businesses), to wear red, and for those who are able, to engage in a general strike and participate in local marches.
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we got together and handpicked a mix of our favorite women singers, songwriters and musicians. Our mix offers a taste of the sweet hymns of Joni Mitchell, the urgency and grace of Nina Simone and feminism’s crowned popstar Beyonce. We hope you enjoy this soundtrack to the struggle.
Women’s rights are human rights, which is why we must continue to fight for love and justice. At Vendini, our core values demand that all of our employees—men and women—are treated equally and with respect. From all of us here at Vendini, we stand in solidarity with all women in our shared fight for true and lasting equality.
Susan Hollingshead is Vendini’s Chief People Officer. As part of her continuing commitment to promoting equality in the workplace, she will be speaking at the the 21st annual Berkeley-Haas Women in Leadership conference on Saturday, March 11, 2017.