Save the Date: November
By the Month
National Native American Heritage Month
A celebration of the history, tradition and values of American Indians, November was officially recognized as National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in 1990 when President George H.W. Bush signed it into Public Law, after a prolonged effort to increase visibility beyond the Native American Awareness Week that had been designated by Congress in 1976.
November is traditionally a time when many American Indians hold fall harvest and world-renewal ceremonies, powwows, dances, and various feasts.
Included in recognition during the month are hundreds of different tribes and around 250 languages, and it serves as a reminder of the positive effect native people have had on the cultural development and growth of the US, as well as the struggles and challenges they’ve faced.
By the Day
November 6: Election Day (US)
Perhaps not an obvious day for D&I professionals, we think it’s important and allows employees to express their views by casting a vote for their elected officials, and exercise their rights as citizens. We encourage every workplace in the US to give their employees flexibility to do so.
November 11: Veterans Day (US)
Veterans Day is an annual holiday honoring military veterans, and is both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states. US President Woodrow Wilson first declared it Armistice Day in 1919. In 1938, the US Congress made it a legal holiday – to be celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Congress amended this act in 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since then.
November 16: International Day for Tolerance
Highlighting the dangers of intolerance, it’s a call to action for the promotion of human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, and is meant to generally call for tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation between different cultures and people.
November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
Established in 1998, it memorializes those who’ve been killed as a result of transphobia, and hopes to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
November 22: Thanksgiving Day
Following a 19th century tradition, it commemorates the Pilgrims’ harvest feast in the autumn of 1621.
However, Thanksgiving is considered by some to be a “national day of mourning,” in recognition of the conquest of Native Americans by colonists.
November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
In 1999, the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime – with the abuser usually someone known to her.
This is followed by the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which brings local, national, and global attention to the various forms of violence that women face and looks at the structures in place that permit gender-based violence to exist and persist.