As they say, March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb. While it frequently starts with the cold of winter, it often ends with the promise of spring. And our March 2021 Diversity Calendar includes holidays that promise greater inclusion – many of them to empower and uplift the women in your life!
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Women’s History Month
Our March diversity month feature. Since 1995, March has been designated Women’s History Month by annual presidential proclamations. These proclamations aim to celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States. Some of these women include Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and Rosa Parks. Just like Black History Month, Women’s History Month grew out of weeklong celebrations dedicated to contributions to culture, history and society. Help foster more gender equality in the workplace with our online diversity training.
3/8: International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day highlights our key March diversity topic. It’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The theme for 2021 is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” With so much of the world impacted by the global pandemic, this day will focus on the tremendous efforts by women around reshaping a more equal future as society recovers.
3/10: Celebration of Harriet Tubman’s Life
Our March diversity days continue the theme of strong women. March 10 celebrates Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist and political activist. She’s best known for her connection and contribution to the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the U.S. during the early to mid-19th century. The Underground Railroad was used by enslaved African Americans to escape into both free states and Canada. After escaping herself, Tubman went on 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people. She later became a scout and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. On March 10, 1913, Harriett Tubman died, leaving behind a great legacy.
3/17: St. Patrick’s Day
When you think of March diversity celebrations, many think of St. Patrick’s Day. This day marks the birthday of an Irish saint who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish will wear green attire or shamrocks and join in public parades or festivals.
3/21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Our March diversity events include this annual commemoration. It marks the anniversary of police opening fire and killing 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid laws in Sharpeville, South Africa on March 21, 1960. The commemoration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966, calling for the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. One way you can join the movement today is confronting your own privilege. You can also be an advocate by calling out any racist “jokes” or statements you may hear – even if they are said by friends or loved ones.
3/27: Passover begins
Our March multicultural holidays include Passover. It’s a major Jewish holiday that marks the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Egyptian slavery. It begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan, which typically falls in March or April of the Gregorian calendar. It begins the previous evening with a seder (meal). It’s often celebrated with great ceremony and symbolism as the traditional foods are eaten and recitations are performed.
Our March multicultural calendar concludes with Holi. Also known as the festival of colors, this Hindu festival has been enjoyed since ancient times to celebrate the coming of spring. Like New Years in the Western world, the Holi Festival is seen as a way for people to release all their inhibitions and start fresh. During the Holi festivals, the gods turn a blind eye, and everyone can let loose. People tend to dance, party, and toss aside cultural norms. A bonfire is also lit to symbolically burn away all the bad, and provide a light for a new future.
That concludes our March 2021 Diversity Calendar, a time to celebrate women! Pick out a book to read on a woman hero of yours and discover the challenges she faced throughout her lifetime. And everyone can focus on the women in their lives and seek to uplift them and their future. And get a ahead start on the rest of the year, with our 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Calendar