International Women’s day

Today, March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day.  It is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.  Activities are planned at IBM locations today and throughout the end of March.

The first International Women’s Day event was held in 1911, so 2011 is the Global Centenary Year, which aligns to IBM’s Centennial.

International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in 15 countries including China, Vietnam, and Russia. The tradition sees men honoring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc. with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

Breaking Barriers and Crashing Ceilings
Join us on March 21 to hear from two of IBM’s external partners who specialize in Women in Leadership and Career Advancement research. Rebecca Shambaugh, from SHAMBAUGH Leadership, will share her insights on Leading with Resilience to champion your own career. Dr. Simard from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology will present global trends for women in high tech, barriers, and solutions that move women forward. Helene Armitage, GM System Software, STG, and IBM Global Women’s Council Co-Chair will moderate.You’ll find this session inspiring and motivating as you take charge of your career in 2011!

Meeting materials and replay will be posted on the International Women’s Day Lotus Connections site #ibm

Follow International Women’s day on  Twitter (@womensday)


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