Happy International Women’s Day!

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. It’s a day that celebrates the achievements of women in the past, present and future. There are events all around the world to celebrate women, and in some countries it’s even a national holiday. You can learn more at their website here.

Browsing through the website a story from Gemma, age 13, caught my eye (you can read it here). Gemma wrote about helping women stand up for themselves. She wrote with passion and conviction that teaching others to stand up for themselves is important. I loved her insight and determined attitude.

I’m no gender studies expert, but I am a woman, and I can tell you that my womanhood effects my life every day. When I go to the store, walk across the street, or get my oil changed, being a woman makes a difference.

But what about as a nonprofit staffer? Take a look around at your nonprofit office. There are many more women than men working in the nonprofit sector. What does this mean? In my experience, this means greater opportunity for women for management roles, a bigger voice, and a sensitive environment. When I’m at the office I don’t feel as though I’m being watched in the same way I do out in public. I feel safe. I feel happy to be alongside my sisters.

Whatever International Women’s Day means to you, I hope you spend today celebrating the women in your life. Because without them, none of us would be here!