Appreciate and celebrate the work of those special women who are in business to develop opportunities, create products and generally make the world a better place!
History of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Celebrated in 2014, the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) event was held in New York City at the United Nations, as well as other events held in other countries all over the world. In fact, 144 different countries recognized and celebrated the first day.
The day was founded and established by Wendy Diamond who is an entrepreneur and had volunteered with a foundation that helps to provide microcredit to low income women in Honduras. Following this experience, Wendy, who is also the Pet Pioneer, Animal Fair Media founder, decided that she wanted to help others all over the world to promote such causes.
Receiving a great deal of press even in its first year, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is an international observance that has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and even by the United States House of Representatives.
In addition to celebratory events, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Awards aim to recognize notable women who have shown leadership in a whole host of different types of business ventures. Plus, the WED also carries an ambassador and fellowship program that continues to promote and provide opportunities to women all over the world.
How to Celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Get on board with observing and celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in some of these important ways:
Host a Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Event
Gather women from the community and celebrate them at an event where they are honored and told how great they are! Perhaps make it an appreciation event and a charity drive at the same time, to honor the women who have been successful entrepreneurs and, at the same time, make a way for the women who are in need of opportunities to be in business for themselves in the future.
Read Books By Women Entrepreneurs
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great time to get inspired by women who have been trailblazers in the world. Whether they started their own businesses or broke through the glass ceiling in other ways, they have a lot to teach the world. Or, for those who have less time, watching a film might do the trick. Try out some of these books:
- Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Wellbeing, Wisdom and Wonder by Ariana Huffington (2014). Founder of Huffington Post and founder/CEO of Thrive Global, Ariana Huffington has a lot to say that will be encouraging to women entrepreneurs.
- Shark Tales: How I turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barabara Corcoran. Get inspired by Barbara’s story of success after she had failed at twenty-two different jobs.
- Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. Sharing her story, founder and CEO of Nasty Girl is interested in encouraging others to join her #girlboss movement of powerful women in business.
- Lean In: Fostering Women’s Leadership & Workplace Inclusion. Learn how to be more effective and dedicated to fostering advancement, leadership and inclusion for women in the workplace.