5 Ways to Celebrate Women's Equality Day

August 14, 2019 | Sophie Grufferty

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On 6th February 1918 Parliament passed Representation of the People Act which gave all Scottish women over the age of thirty and men over the age of twenty-one the right to vote.

This was the first gradual step on the path to equal voting rights. – which was only achieved in 1969 when the voting age finally reduced to 18 for both men and women.

In the fight for women's equality across the world, August 26th 1920 hold a powerful place in history books – the United States passed the 19th amendment granting women the rights to vote. The momentous, yet only 28-word bill, ended almost a century of protest.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Eight years later the universal suffrage passed in Britain – defying boundaries across the world. Now, 26th of August is internationally celebrated as Women’s Equality Day, in order to honour the anniversary of the historic day. The day allows us an opportunity to celebrate our wins, and to appreciate those who have helped us achieve these results.

Here are five ideas to encourage allies to continue to support the fight for equality, and to show gratitude to the wonderful women in your life:

1. Support female-owned local businesses

Women-owned businesses contribute a whopping £8.8 billion into the Scottish economy, creating 230,000 all around Scotland. In recognition of this powerful impact, you as a consumer can make a point by buying from local businesses owned by women and contribute to other females success.

2. Organise a meetup for those who share your goals and ambitions

Why not celebrate your wins, create conversations and discuss how to achieve further greatness by gathering together your closest like-minded individuals? Brainstorm some ideas around a coffee, or plan a dinner to share advice, experiences, tips and networking opportunities.

3. Get your company on board

Sharing relevant articles or resources on your company Slack channel does not take a lot of effort but can be very impactful. Open a dialogue with your team members and find out what would be valuable to them personally – starting the conversation is often the most difficult part.

4. Become a mentor

Finding a mentee could be invaluable to so many women in the tech industry. Dedicating a few hours of your week to mentoring is not only rewarding but could make a vast difference to someone in the sector. To find out more about how to become a mentor while making the most out of the relationship, read our guide by European Women in Tech speaker Nilofer Christensen.

5. Use social media to strive conversation about an issue that matters to you 

Social media is your platform and can facilitate connection with other like-minded females – whether it’s the gender pay gap, work-life balance or the lack of women in positions of power. Speak up, shout out and lead the conversation – empowerment is the word of the day!

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Equality is at the core of #WinTechSeries and we're proud to support its growth in all sectors and the globe. To celebrate Women's Equality Day on 26th August 2019, we’re giving away 2 tickets every week of August to attend a #WinTechSeries event of your choice!

You can choose to attend one of the following events coming up in 2019:

  • Women in Tech Scotland – 3rd September
    Edinburgh, Scotland 
  • Women in Tech Dublin – 12-13th September
    Dublin, Ireland
  • Women in Tech East Coast – October 24-25
    Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • European Women in Technology – 25-26th November
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Head to our Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook pages to find out how you can be in with a chance – we will be choosing a winner every week!

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