Women’s History Month
Happy Women’s History Month! This month honors the role that women like Dorothea Dix, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Cooke Wright, Mary Tape and so many others have played in American history. Consider hosting an event at your workplace to celebrate women and showcase female business leaders. Learn more about Women’s History Month or attend the HER Entrepreneur Journey on March 7 to hear from women business owners and entrepreneurs.
National Disability Awareness Month
This is the 36th Year the United States has recognized and celebrated March as National Disability Awareness Month! On February 26, 1987 President Ronald Reagan officially declared Proclamation 5613 making March National Disabilities Awareness Month. The proclamation called for people to provide understanding, encouragement and opportunities to help persons with disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives.
Everyone wants, and deserves, to enjoy life, feel productive and secure. But in March, we take extra steps to raise awareness about the supports and rights of the people with disabilities and to celebrate their contributions to our communities and society as a whole!
All individuals, agencies, and organizations supportive of people with disabilities are encouraged to observe the month of March with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the contributions and the potential of Americans with disabilities.
National Reading Month
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March is designated as National Reading Month – a month to motivate Americans of all ages to read every day. Reading is fun and has many benefits, regardless of age. It’s a key component of education and professional development.
March 8: International Women’s Day
This is another stellar opportunity to celebrate the women in your workplace. This day specifically highlights the political, cultural and economic achievements of women. To celebrate, you can do something as simple such as reaching out to a woman who has inspired you at work. A nice note letting a mentor, teacher or family member know about their impact can be so powerful. Review these SHRM resources and IWD.
March 8: Holi
Known as the “Festival of Colors,” this Hindu holiday celebrates the winter harvest and the onset of spring. Weather permitting, consider hosting your friends and family in your backyard or driveway with brightly colored decorations. Hindu families will often get colored powders to throw and smear on their faces during the festivities. Learn more about this festival here.
March 10: Harriet Tubman’s Birthday
Happy Birthday, Harriet! As an American abolitionist, she’s known for saving a reported 70 people through the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a network of African American and white people who offered shelter and aid to escaped slaves from the South. Download or borrow a library book to read more about her life. Read more about this holiday.
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
While St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world, it’s primarily a celebration of the saint who brought Christianity to Ireland. Consider toasting a pint of Guinness or making a traditional Irish recipe to enjoy this holiday! Here are ideas to create team-building activities at your workplace.
March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
This day commemorates the date in 1960 that police opened fire on and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa. The day aims to convey a simple message — using your voice can be a powerful vehicle against racism. Your employees can honor this day by reflecting on biases in your workplace, and considering where they may have originated. Leverage SHRM’s Diversity and Inclusion resources to create meaningful conversations within your organization.
March 22: World Water Day
World Water Day, held on March 22 of every year since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water. Everyone can play a part in focusing and advocating for sustainable development of water resources and highlight the importance of freshwater. Learn more about we each can change how we use, consume and manage water.
March 22 to April 21: Ramadan
Ramadan — an annual observance for Muslims worldwide — falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this time, Muslims abstain from eating or drinking from dawn until dusk. If you’re not Muslim, but you want to see what Ramadan is like, you can try abstaining from eating from dawn until dusk and break the fast with an evening meal called iftar. Promote inclusion by supporting fasting employees and acknowledging the significance of this holiday.