“Who run the world? Girls.” — Beyoncé
Here at Manitoba Harvest we celebrate the world-changing contributions of women year-round. But this month offers a special chance to bring our collective attention and appreciation to the resilience, spirit, and accomplishments of women all over the world — as well as those right here in our own organization!
March is observed as Women’s History Month in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. March 8th is celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day, which was officially commemorated by the United Nations in 1975. Its history stretches back further than that, though, as it’s been celebrated in one form or another since 1911.
Andrea Pablo, Eastern Regional Sales Manager
- Favorite product: I love our hemp oil! I’ve seen incredible changes in my hair, skin and nails from consuming it daily.
- Why do you enjoy working for MH?: I know I’ve hit the job jackpot when the “3 P’s” are met: Product, people and passion. I love our product portfolio and truly believe that we can transform consumer’s lives through the power of hemp. I also enjoy working for Manitoba Harvest because of the people. My colleagues have become my family and I am lucky to learn from them every day. And finally, passion. The passion that our team has for hemp is contagious and it’s so rewarding to see that passion grow to new users, retailers, current customers and beyond!
The first International Women’s Day was held on March 19th, when more than a million people in Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, and Germany demonstrated in favor of giving women the right to vote and hold office, and against sex-based discrimination at work.
On March 8th, 1917, women textile workers in Russia staged a massive demonstration, striking for “bread and peace,” an end to World War I, and an end to czarism. Seven days later, women in Russia were granted the right to vote. (Women in the U.S. would win that right three years later, in 1920.)
Despite its roots in the U.S., International Women’s Day was predominantly celebrated in communist countries until 1967, when second-wave feminists once again claimed it as a day of activism. Throughout the 70s and 80s, labor groups and women’s activists joined forces to call for equal pay, reproductive rights, and protection against violence. The United Nations declared 1975 International Women’s Year, and two years later proclaimed March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.
Jen Navasca, ERP Specialist
- Favorite product: Hemp Oil Capsules
- Why do you enjoy working for MH?: I love the people I work with and I truly believe in the power of hemp
Since then, International Women’s Day has been observed worldwide and used as an opportunity for rallies, demonstrations, protests, and celebrations. (In one particularly unique and touching tribute on March 8th, 2016, a group of men climbed a mountain in China while wearing dresses and high heels, in solidarity with “the hardship of being a woman nowadays.”)
Stacy Gabriel, Brand Manager
- Favorite product: Peppermint Oil Drops (CBD 50mg) and Hemp Yeah! Honey & Oat Granola
- Why do you enjoy working for MH?: The amazing PEOPLE - supporting a shared MISSION that I believe in!
Recent years have seen a variety of annual themes for International Women’s Day, including “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” and “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” The UN theme for International Women's Day this year is "Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” The theme is meant to highlight the impact that girls and women worldwide have had as health care workers, caregivers, innovators and community organizers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the disproportionate effects of the pandemic on women.
In 2014, Beyoncé commemorated International Women’s Day with a special video tribute on her YouTube channel. Its message of empowerment, diversity, and celebration is just as resonant today. Enjoy!