Recognized annually since the 1900s, International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women around the world, while working to accelerate gender parity and create a more equal future. and inclusive. This year’s theme is #BreaktheBias, designed to raise awareness of deliberate or unconscious discrimination and stereotypes against women in communities, the workplace or educational institutions.
Over the past century, women have proven that joining forces to tackle inequality can spark powerful change. The first National Women’s Day (NWD) grew out of the 15,000 women who expressed their need for voting rights, shorter hours and better pay as they marched through the streets of New York in 1908 A few years later, in 1911, the first International Women’s Day was honored as women continued the hard drive to earn a deserved place at the table. Although great progress has been made since then, there is no room for complacency and much work remains to be done.
This year, Samsung shines a spotlight on the passionate women who are breaking down barriers and increasing visibility by sparking a conversation to challenge gender bias. Members of WISE: Women in Samsung Electronics Employee Resource Group came together to share their insights on how society can collectively #BreaktheBias and empower women through education and alliance.
Roxxan Hanson, Sales Operations
“Check your assumptions. Consider what information you use to form an opinion. Everyone has biases, but unchecked biases are a problem. Learn, then work to unlearn or correct any biases you find in yourself. #BreakTheBias is not an item on our to-do list that we scratch at the end of March. Correcting your biases is an action to take with you for the rest of your life to ensure the fair and equal treatment of those you meet. In order to uplift all women, we can’t just focus on breaking the stigma around gender, but around all women’s identities. For #BreakTheBias for women, we need to consider all the biases women face.
Monique Carruthers, Mobile Retail
“Gender bias is simply treating someone differently based on their gender. I believe that when we layer other identities like race, age, and sexual orientation, it puts a magnifying glass on most people’s biases and makes it harder depending on how the world and the workplace perceive us.
Felice Osborne, Finance
“As a strong black woman, I’ve heard the stereotypical ideology of an ‘angry black woman’ too often. angry” or “aggressive”. These stereotypes that mistakenly label someone who decides to speak out, as others do on a daily basis, impair the ability to grasp a truly diverse set of ideas, especially in the place work, because some are afraid to express themselves.
Victoria Heguy, Procurement
“Gender bias is prevalent in almost every aspect of life. Our brains are wired to categorize the things we encounter in order to make sense of the complicated world around us. While people would like to believe that they are not susceptible to these prejudices and stereotypes, the reality is that everyone engages in them, whether they like it or not. This reality, however, does not mean that you necessarily have prejudices or are inclined to discriminate against others. It just means that your brain works in a way that makes associations and generalizations. From my point of view, we have to try to see things from another person’s point of view. Ask yourself the question: “What would you answer if you were in the same position?” Spend time considering people on a more personal and individual level.
Kali Pickens, integrated marketing
“The first way to break the intersectionality bias is always communication. Have uncomfortable conversations to really identify ongoing issues and find a way to find a solution. If we just ignore the bias, we’re back to square one. We need to be upfront about the issues so we can work together to resolve them. And, second, it starts with the individual. Make sure you do your part by believing in your abilities and what you bring to the table. Also, be sure to pave the way for those who might not be brave enough to speak up. Use your strength to help others and set an example of how you can work together to fight prejudice.
As Women’s History Month continues throughout the month of March, there is much to celebrate and reflect on in the journey towards creating diverse and inclusive communities where everyone can thrive. However, the fight for full equality is part of a larger battle to end discrimination and stereotypes that cannot be fought by a single individual or organization. This challenge is a collective and ongoing effort that must be supported through alliance and education as we empower each other to organize meaningful change. Together we can #BreaktheBias.