Women’s History Month dates to 1981 as a national celebration, first being called Women’s History Week in 1982, and finally designated as a month-long recognition in 1987. Each year, the President makes a proclamation designating March as Women’s History Month to highlight the contributions women have made over the course of American history.

From the pioneering achievements of women like scientist and Noble Prize recipient Marie Curie and NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson in the realms of science and technology, to the leadership and activism of suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Emmeline Pankhurst in the fight for women’s rights, women have continuously challenged the status quo and reshaped the course of history.

Additionally, women have been instrumental in nurturing communities, passing down traditions, and fostering social change through their roles as mothers, educators, caregivers, and community organizers. Their resilience, creativity, and determination have left an indelible mark on the world, inspiring generations to come and paving the way for greater equality and progress. First Ladies, like Eleanor Roosevelt, also acted as trusted advisors for their husbands while in office. Roosevelt championed human rights, social justice, and women’s empowerment, leaving behind an enduring legacy.

AMSG’s CEO, Jim O’Farrell, met Gurjot Sidhu, now Global Head of Digital Marketing at CBRE, while they were both at KPMG Consulting nearly 30 years ago. “She’s someone I enjoyed working with and admired for her integrity, tenacity, and drive,” says Jim. Sidhu was also the guest speaker at the first-ever AMSG Leadership retreat in New York City in 2022. A trailblazer, Sidhu has filled a variety of positions in her career, from auditor to fashion designer who started her own business. She is committed to the advancement of women in the workplace and says her mother has inspired her throughout her life and career.

“This month, I am remembering my mom as a strong and articulate woman who inspired me in both my life and my career. Growing up I always heard her say “we will figure it out” when faced with any challenge. Witnessing her can-do attitude and belief that she can overcome anything really taught me the value of creative problem solving and perseverance. I apply that thinking when leading my global team today, and I feel it has really served me well. Thanks, Mom!”

From the fearless women who traveled out west via wagon train on the Oregon Trail, keeping everyone fed and stepping in to herd livestock and drive wagons when needed, to the women leading Fortune 500 companies today, the impact of women throughout history is astounding.

Women’s History Month serves as a reminder of the ongoing fight for gender equality and the need to continue challenging systemic barriers and biases that persist. By celebrating Women’s History Month, we not only pay tribute to the past but also inspire future generations.

Written by: Sheila Rupp