This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating women inventors, how they’ve changed the world, and how they’re inspiring the next generation. Microsoft is marking this year’s celebration with the #MakeWhatsNext campaign, which aims to inspire young women around the world to become the next great inventors. A new campaign video shows the lack of awareness girls today have about women inventors, reminding them to celebrate those women’s accomplishments and to be encouraged to follow in their footsteps. You can also learn more about this on Microsoft News Center. In addition to this campaign, we’ve rounded up a list of ways you can join in and celebrate the day with us.
International Women’s Day 2016: What are you going to make?
Ask Cortana to give you a fact about women’s history
Cortana knows a lot of interesting facts about women’s history. Simply say, “Give me a women’s history fact” and Cortana will deliver an inspirational fact about an awesome woman.
Take a quiz about famous firsts in women’s history
Bing put together a quiz to test your knowledge in famous firsts for Women’s History Month—check it out here. Feel free to share your results on Facebook or Twitter, and invite your friends to take the quiz, too.
Jump into action with these women-led films
From the pages of history to the silver screen, and historical fiction to science fiction, strong female characters have led the charge, taken care of business, and inspired generations in every era. The Women of Action movie collection in the Windows Store brings together a powerful group of titles from ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ to ‘Alien,’ ‘Lucy,’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise.
Celebrate women in music
When it comes to music, women have always brought us incredibly rich songs of love, heartache, defiance, optimism, and friendship. Whether you’re a Taylor Swift super-fan, an Adele aficionado, or can’t get enough of Beyoncé, our Women Who Rock music collection delivers the best of today and yesterday from some of the world’s top female artists.
Learn with Bing in the Classroom
In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Bing is celebrating the monumental contribution women have made in a host of industries. The Bing team created a series of exciting lesson plans designed to enlighten students about the impact women are making in fields such as world leaders, computer science, and aviation, to name a few. Check out Bing in the Classroom for Teachers and Students.
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A memorial wall to women in Konak, Izmir, Turkey (© Cem Oksuz/Getty Images)
As part of International Women’s Day activities last year, a wall in the shape of a woman’s face was built along the Gulf of Izmir in Konak, Turkey. This aerial image will grace the Bing homepage in Brazil, Mexico, Great Britain, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, and Spain.
It’s important to recognize the achievements and contributions women have made around the world, and it’s just as important to encourage young women to know they can be among the next generation of inventors. To learn more about the #MakeWhatsNextCampaign visit MakeWhatsNext.com.
Updated March 8, 2016 8:27 am