On February 23, 1917, against the backdrop of the First World War, women across Russia took part in a protest for the right to vote. Four days after the protest, the Russian Czar abdicated, and a decision was made by the provisional Government to grant women their right to vote.
For several years, this day - the final Sunday in February – had become an annual beacon for female rights in the country, with women across Europe also marking the day to express their solidarity.
While February 23 etched itself into history in Russia, for the other countries across Europe who had adopted the Gregorian calendar, the date actually corresponded to March 8. For the rest of the world, therefore, March 8 has become recognised as International Women’s Day, establishing itself for more than a century as a chance to champion and celebrate women’s rights.
At Polygon, our ethos is to foster a culture and working environment underpinned by fairness and equality for all colleagues. We recognise, however, that the restoration industry as a whole remains largely male-dominated, and so we felt International Women’s Day provided an excellent opportunity for a little balance.
That’s why, over the course of this week, we’ll be hearing from some of the female voices across Polygon, who will be sharing what International Women’s Day means to them as well as the inspirational figures who have supported them in their careers.
Look out for their interviews this week and find out more about International Women’s Day at www.internationalwomensday.com.
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