Women’s Heritage Month and International Women’s Day: Women in Games and 2K/Hangar13 #ChoosetoChallenge 

Marie-Claire Isaaman CEO

The mission of Women in Games, to establish a gaming industry, culture and community free from discrimination, where full equity of opportunity, treatment and conditions empowers all girls and women,  from all ethnicities, of all orientations, to achieve their full potential in the games and esports industries, belongs to the wider cannon in the fight to address gender inequality across the globe and to protect the rights of women. New movements have flourished in the digital age, such as the #MeToo campaign which highlights the prevalence of gender-based diisrimination and harassment.

Why is Women’s History Month in March, apparently it began in a single day in 1908 in New York when thousands of women united and marched for better labour laws, conditions and the right to vote, a year later in February  1909 there was a gathering in Manhattan for what they call the first International Women’s Day. The idea crossed the pond to Europe and in March 1910 a german socialist named Clara Zetkin introduced the concept at an International Conference for Women in Copenhagen, 100 women representing 17 countries all agreed that International Women’s Day should be marked on March 8th. The United Nations began sponsoring International Women’s Day in the 1970’s declaring that they aimed “to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms requires the active participation, equality, and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”

This month, for Women’s Heritage Month Women in Games have teamed up with 2K/Hangar 13  to highlight 100 women working in the games industry. We are using the IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge and aligning with their principles: “A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day  We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge”.

We are challenging stereotypes of women in the video games industry by celebrating 100 women showcasing their roles in the video games industry alongside revealing their other interests. This will highlight these amazing, multifaceted individuals, their roles in the industry and how varied and diverse the industry truly is.

We are inviting our communities to come and get involved with this  significant celebration. If you would like to be part of the activity please email hello@womeningames.org with your name, job title and company, another hobby or activity that you love (e.g. baking, running, sewing pyjamas) and two photos (one of you working/headshot and one doing the activity that you love).