Observed since the early 1900’s, International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women seeking social, economic, cultural, and political improvements as well as an end to gender discrimination. In Lawrence, MA women led a textile strike in 1912 calling for safer working conditions and better wages as well as better living conditions and improved quality of life at home. The idea of seeing something beyond basic human needs led to the slogan “Bread and Roses” with the term appearing in a James Oppenheim poem:
“…As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler — ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”
Studio G Architects began 25 years ago by placing great value on an open, collaborative and supportive studio culture allowing it to move beyond gender, cultural and social boundaries. A Certified Women’s Business Enterprise, our team is multiracial, multi-ethnic, LGBTQ friendly, and over 50% women and diverse by design. While there are lines of accountability, the culture leans egalitarian, where everyone’s ideas are considered. Successes are really shared with all, as are ideas and skills.
Today, changes continue to take place for women working in architecture. Look at this recent article from Architizer highlighting 26 women who are making their mark.