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On March 8, Sunrise Senior Living and other organizations around the world joined forces to shine the spotlight on International Women’s Day (IWD). This awareness day encourages all people to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality, according to the IWD website.
History of International Women’s Day
Since 1911, International Women’s Day has been celebrated in March. The first commemoration events were held in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Over one million women and men marched to end gender-based discrimination.
In 2011, a full century after the first IWD was held, President Barack Obama declared the entire month of March to be Women’s History Month. The president encouraged all Americans to pause and reflect on the “extraordinary accomplishments of women in shaping our nation’s history.”
The theme for the 2020 IWD, An Equal World is an Enabled World, asked each of us to “challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations, and celebrate women's achievements.”
The Women of Sunrise Senior Living
At Sunrise, women lead the way. Between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, approximately 82 percent of our more than 32,000 team members are women! (As of March 5, 2020)
The Sunrise leadership team demonstrates our commitment to gender equity. Female leaders hold key positions in our regional and community-based teams, as well as across departments at our Community Support Office.
If you are a seasoned senior living professional or someone looking for a new opportunity to put your passion for working with older adults to good use, we encourage you to consider Sunrise. From sales and marketing to life enrichment, maintenance, and dining services, visit Careers at Sunrise to view our current openings.
Thank you to all of our women team members for the amazing work you do each day, and to every Sunrise team member for helping foster a supportive workplace community!