by Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor
International Women's Day March 8

I am too often asked if there is still a true need for girls’ schools and my answer is always an emphatic yes. Among the reasons is that when girls spend their formative years in a community centered on the needs and voices of girls, they are better prepared to challenge the gender bias they will face outside of school and, critically, they are more likely to support the work of and amplify the voices of other women.

International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8, is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the globe. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. IWD serves as an annual reminder that despite great progress, significant work remains to be done in gender equity. It is a global issue that starts at home—where women, especially women of color, are still impacted adversely. According to the World Economic Forum, gender parity will not be attained for almost a century. 

Today, and throughout March, Women’s History Month, I encourage you to take time to learn something new about women’s contributions, and plights, in our world – and indeed, in our own country. I’ve provided a few links below to get you started. While I join you today in learning something new, I am also thinking of the many Westridge women working to make the world better for other women. From alumnae focused on global issues to members of our alumnae affinity groups who mentor Upper School students, the ripples of Westridge women lifting women are felt far and wide. That’s certainly something to celebrate.

International Women’s Day Resources: