International Women’s Day
We’ve all heard the phrase “girls run the world” but in recent decades, our current society has often fallen short of this. Despite the considerable efforts that have been made to bridge the gap between genders, there is still a lot of progress to be made before true equality is reached. International Women’s Day, hosted on March 8th in honor of when women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia, is a day dedicated to all-things women, celebrating both the accomplishments made by women in the recent years as well as bringing attention to areas of society which are still in need of help. This day calls both genders to action with the hope that, one day, society will be equal, in terms of both the rights and opportunities offered.
The Seneca Falls Convention, in 1848, is arguably one of the crucial events in America that kick-started the Women’s Rights Movement. During this, citizens from all over the country met in New York to campaign for women’s suffrage. Additionally, in 1908, women protested in the streets of New York for equal pay and voting rights for women. Building upon these ideas, the first meeting of International Women’s Day debuted in 1911. Women representatives from Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany gathered to bring a voice to all of the underrepresented women around the world. Originally gathering over a million participants, current estimates report that International Women’s Day in 2019 will gather the support of more than 100 organizations and charities, garnering support from nearly 250,000,000 men and women across the world.
The participation of every citizen from around the globe is crucial for the success of gender equality as a whole. Despite what the name might convey, International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to everyone. It is a way to celebrate the gender gap closing between men and women - the collective participation and efforts they have made to get this far. If you are interested in getting involved, here are a few ideas about how to celebrate women’s accomplishments.