Below you’ll find a small sampling of our March diversity calendar events – to see all 100+ events this year, see our interactive online DEI Calendar.
This is the month that spring rolls in, and as you (hopefully) welcome warmer weather, you can welcome more inclusion into your workplace. A great way to do this is by adding a few new diversity days to your workplace calendar. March celebrates everything from women to religious traditions to the elimination of racial discrimination. Here’s how you can celebrate.
Women’s History Month
Happy Women’s History Month! This month honors the role that women like Dorothea Dix, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Cooke Wright, Mary Tape and so many others have played in American history. Consider hosting an event at your workplace to celebrate women. You could invite female business leaders or nonprofit founder to speak as well.
March 8: International Women’s Day
This is another stellar opportunity to celebrate the women in your workplace. This day specifically highlights the political, cultural and economic achievements of women. To celebrate, you can do something as simple such as reaching out to a woman who has inspired you at work. A nice note letting a mentor, teacher or family member know about their impact can be so powerful.
March 8: Holi
Known as the “Festival of Colors,” this Hindu holiday celebrates the winter harvest and the onset of spring. Weather permitting, consider hosting your friends and family in your backyard or driveway with brightly colored decorations. Hindu families will often get colored powders to throw and smear on their faces during the festivities.
Keep up to date with other religious observances with our 2023 Interfaith calendar
March 10: Harriet Tubman’s Birthday
Happy Birthday, Harriet! As an American abolitionist, she’s known for saving a reported 70 people through the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a network of African American and white people who offered shelter and aid to escaped slaves from the South. Download or borrow a library book to read more about her life.
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
While St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world, it’s primarily a celebration of the saint who brought Christianity to Ireland. Consider toasting a pint of Guinness or making a traditional Irish recipe to enjoy this holiday!
March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
This day commemorates the date in 1960 that police opened fire on and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa. The day aims to convey a simple message — using your voice can be a powerful vehicle against racism. Your employees can honor this day by reflecting on biases in your workplace, and considering where they may have originated.
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March 22 to April 21: Ramadan
Ramadan — an annual observance for Muslims worldwide — falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this time, Muslims abstain from eating or drinking from dawn until dusk. If you’re not Muslim, but you want to see what Ramadan is like, you can try abstaining from eating from dawn until dusk and break the fast with an evening meal called iftar.
That concludes the diversity events for the month of March. Becoming more aware of the cultural and religious dates that others are celebrating will create a more aware and inclusive workplace.
Get a head start on next month with our April Diversity Calendar. Or enjoy the rest of the year with our 2023 Diversity Calendar.