On March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day. This day is meant to recognize the cultural, political, and socio-economic achievements of women from all around the world. During this time we can remember the challenges women have overcome throughout history and bring the women’s rights movement to the forefront.
The earliest Women’s Day was celebrated on February 28, 1909 in New York City and was sponsored by the Socialist Party of America. It was encouraged by the women’s suffrage movement in New Zealand as well as originating from labor movements in North America and Europe during the early 20th century. It is now a day to think about gender equality and how we can create equal opportunities for women across the globe. The 2022 UN theme for International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” The goal is to highlight the contributions of women and girls around the world in promoting climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, in order to build a more sustainable future for all. (Wikipedia)
We can all come together to provide support to women who are facing oppression, prejudice, or violence.
We can advocate for women by acknowledging the injustices they face and seeing how to create lasting change within our own communities.
Learning more about women’s rights and the inequalities they still face today can help us to have open conversations about these topics.
International Women’s Day is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women. Whether it be from iconic women figures in our society or the everyday achievements of women of our family, friends, and peers.
We can all take a moment to think about the women in our lives who inspire us daily.
For additional resources, you can check out the links below:
Organizations Committed To Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
IWD 2022 Campaign Theme: #BreakTheBias
#BreakTheBias For IWD And Beyond Through Your Message To The World | YouTube
International Women’s Day | Books