International Women’s Day (IWD) provides a clear call to women to shape the world. 

It is unclear when we started to celebrate this day.  The first National Women’s Day, as it was called, was acknowledged in the US on February 28, 1909. It was spurred on, poignantly, by a Ukraine-born suffragist named Clara Lemlich, who demanded better pay, shorter working hours and improved working conditions for 15,000 garment workers who went on strike in New York.

The need for this day is still urgent and very present.  Full gender equality for women has not been reached.

There is still a gender pay gap, female leaders are still lacking, violence against women and girls persists, and women still fall behind men in terms of education and healthcare.   Incredulously, In 2020, the UN reported that almost 90% of people are prejudiced towards women globally.

The team at RPD are dedicated to not only supporting women, women in engineering and the wonderful women across our team and clients, but we’re also passionate about encouraging the next generations of girls to see STEM subjects as interesting, achievable and inclusive.