International Women's day (IWD) takes place this week on March 8th and so in what could be a foolhardy move, I thought I'd put together my thoughts from a man's perspective and more specifically a man within the tech industry.
Events that focus on a particular grouping of people (however that cohort is identified) tend to receive a lot of 'passionate' attention.
Opinion pieces on whether groups/events should exist or not are not difficult to find.
Social media posts can be even more passionate. Take the image below, a selection of results from a Twitter search of International Men's Day conducted during the same week as International Women's Day.
More examples like this can be found - trying to understand such reaction, I think they are driven by a feeling of isolation. Why are my achievements not recognised? Just because I'm not a woman.
But I think that loses the purpose. The purpose of such events are to celebrate the achievements of the women involved and to identify what women do have and have contributed NOT to undermine any non-woman groups. (Wow I can't believe I just put non-woman in a blog!)
Turning attention to my industry, I know my own career in tech would not be where it is today without the influence, guidance, feedback and support from a lot of incredibly talented women.
So from a blokes point of view on IWD - can we focus on achievements, growth and what we can learn from each other (all people!!)
Oh and by the way, there is an International Men's Day on November 19th every year. Richard Herring is particularly funny on this topic - responding to everyone that questions IWD with "When is it men's day" and sharing his fund raiser page.
Such a great idea, taking an extreme reaction and utilising it to enhance the lives of others!