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Re: It’s International Women’s Day!

Community Manager
Lena E Community Manager Member Since: Apr 7, 2015
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It’s International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge, an effort to promote a gender equal world. This day has been celebrated for well over a century, with the first gatherings of over a million people occurring in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated all around the globe.


So today, and every day, we celebrate all of the talented women in the Upwork Community! Thank you for being part of what makes Upwork THE place to work with quality, talented professionals. We applaud women around the world that help make Upwork a robust community year-round!


Check out this blog post featuring some of the amazing women we have on Upwork.


To keep the celebration going, we would love to know about an accomplishment you’d like to share or a woman you looked up to that inspired you to chase your dreams. Whether it’s a woman in history like Frida Kahlo or Amelia Earhart, or a modern day figure like Malala Yousafzai, or a woman in your life that helped you feel empowered, let’s share these stories in their honor. 


One of our role models, Upwork’s very own Chief People Officer, Zoe Harte, is one of 13 incredible female leaders being featured today on the Nasdaq tower in Times Square as part of the Pledge 1%  #WomenWhoLead campaign!


Check out the Nasdaq tower livestream and follow Pledge 1% Blog for stories and updates throughout the day. 


Here are a couple of external virtual events celebrating women’s contributions and the advancement of equality we thought you might be interested in adding to your calendar:


  • Monday, March 8th 10:30am - 11:30am PST
    The United Nations Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is hosting 1000 Women Leaders: A Global Movement for Peace & Equality as part of their global campaign to support 1,000 Women Leaders working to build a brighter, more peaceful and resilient future. The event is free to attend, but registration is required.


  • Thursday, March 11th 5:30pm-7:00pm PST 
    The Gates Foundation has partnered with United Way to host Womxn Breaking Barriers, a virtual conversation on challenging gender bias, stereotypes, and discrimination in our communities. The event is free to attend, but registration is required.


Disclaimer: Upwork does not endorse particular products, external events or services. This information is provided for informational purposes only.



Community Guru
Maria T Member Since: Nov 12, 2015
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I'm fine with celebrating Women's Day, but couldn't Upwork stop looking at her belly button for once?

Only USA and only the best!

It seems that Upwork does not finish realizing that it is "international".
Since you share links and promote "certain" people for free, couldn't you have chosen women from other countries?
In particular that are not "first world".
They are equally women and workers and, possibly, their work, even with lower earnings, and the challenges they have had to overcome, would be something that is more worth knowing.

Community Manager
Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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Hi Maria,


Thank you for your feedback. We are committed to creating an inclusive platform for talent across the world. While we strive to feature a representative set of freelancers and agencies, it seems that in this case we fell short of that goal. We take your comments seriously and will work to create future blog posts and features that showcase the geographic diversity of talent on Upwork.

Community Guru
Maria T Member Since: Nov 12, 2015
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Thanks Vlad.
Although for certain issues I can almost understand that Upwork focuses more on the US, there are many in which the concepts of "inclusive" and "international" are often overlooked.