3/8/21 - IDHS Celebrates International Women's Day

Dear colleagues,

Today we honor and lift up women, on International Women's Day. Today is a day that raises attention to the social, political, economic, and cultural issues that women face, and is a day to advocate for the advancement of women in all of those areas. In addition, we are recognizing and celebrating Women's History Month by sharing inspiring stories of women, locally, nationally, and internationally, who have contributed their time and talent in transforming the roles in which women operate in every facet of our lives.

We will be highlighting amazing women who have built community, fought for justice, achieved goals and dreams...women who cared, women who dared, and women who modeled what it means to be game changers. Join us for Game-Changers: Herstory.

Today we recognize several women who are Game Changers that trailblazed paths both in the private and public sector, helping to advance the cause of women around the world. Please visit our OneNet International Women's Day-HERstory page to learn more about:

  • Wangari Maathai - a Kenyan social, environmental, and political activist and the 1st African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Loujain Alhathloul - a Saudi women's rights activist, former political prisoner, and social media figure.
  • China's Feminist Five - a group of five young Chinese women who were detained in China in 2015 for 37 days for standing up against sexual harassment. They have long been known for lobbying about domestic violence against women and equal rights in China.
  • Greta Thunberg - a Swedish environmental activist who is internationally known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action against climate control.
  • Stacey Abrams - an American politician and voting rights activist, who served as minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives and as the first African-American female major-party gubernatorial nominee in the United States.
  • Malala Yousafzai - a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
  • Ada Yonath - an Israeli crystallographer who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her pioneering discoveries on the structure and function of ribosomes, the protein synthesizers in cell.
  • Amanda Gorman - an American born poet and activist who focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization as well as the African diaspora who delivered her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden.

We invite you to read, listen, and watch while we showcase women who have made and continue to make significant contributions to society, who model bravery and style, character and drive, and who have made/are making the world a better place; women who can inspire us all to our own greatness.

Throughout the month, visit the OSET OneNet page each week to learn more about women in history, both here and abroad.


Grace and Caronina

Grace B. Hou

Secretary, IDHS

Caronina Grimble

Director, Office of Strategy, Equity, and Transformation