International Women's Day 2021: Female tech titans on how to thrive in the enterprise and beyond
On March 8, the world will celebrate International Women's Day 2021 (IWD), which began in 1911. It comes with a battle cry that's also a challenge: Can you help forge a gender-equal world? Raise awareness against bias? Take action for equality?
The theme of IWD 2021 is apt: "A challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge." The global day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and issues a call-to-action for accelerating women's equality. Use #ChooseToChallenge on social media to "call out gendered actions or assumptions," "challenge gender stereotypes and bias" and "maintain a gender-equal mindset."
IWD isn't specific to a country, group or organization, but a global movement that continues to push forward its initial mission to celebrate women's achievements and increase visibility, while calling out inequality. There are more than 630 virtual events worldwide this year.
Women continue to be underrepresented in the tech world: Women are wary of entering the field. There are increases noted for women in senior IT positions, but only 10% work in a female-majority team, compared with 48% working in a male-majority team.