By Michelle Heller

still we rise

You probably didn’t know that International Women’s Day dates back more than 100 years. But it does — this year’s International Women’s Day will mark more than a century of powerful, passionate women leaders rallying for everything from women’s suffrage to rural poverty. Leon Trotsky himself credited the 1917 Women’s Day march as a key event that helped spark the Russian Revolution.

From the start, March 8 has symbolized bold leadership in stamping out gender inequality. But this year promises to be bolder than ever.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BeBoldForChange: a call to women worldwide to band together to close the global pay gap. That’s definitely something we at WGLI can get behind — boldly. Over the next month we will celebrate Women’s History Month and the #BeBoldForChange initiative with a series of profiles of our favorite bold women leaders. But in the meantime, here’s how you can be a bold leader in your community.

Take the International Women’s Day pledge to #BeBoldForChange.

Show your solidarity with women in 50 countries across the globe by joining the International Women’s Strike. (Curious to know how much impact you’d have if you organized a women’s strike in your workplace? This handy Strike Calculator shows you.)

Spread the word about the impact pay inequity has on all of us.

Volunteer for an organization working for gender equality. VolunteerMatch is a great resource for finding volunteer positions that match your skills and interests.

Engage In Your Company in a Giving Back Campaign through WGLI’s Corporate Donation program.  Workplace giving is an easy and efficient way for you to make a tax-deductible donation to share in our efforts through your company.