Earlier this week, the world celebrated International Women's Day. I was dismayed to read a few posts from friends on social media, lamenting "another international day of something made up". Comments comparing it to National Grilled Cheese Day (which, let's be honest, is AWESOME) to National Yoga Pants Day (which I think probably IS made up). Let me reassure you all, International Women's Day is a real thing and has been celebrated for over 100 years!! In 1975, it was first celebrated by the United Nations. In 2011, President Obama helped celebrate the 100th year by declaring March to be Women's History Month.
What it's about
From the website http://www.internationalwomensday.com/About
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women's Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for over a century - and is growing annually from strength to strength.
Women all over the world facebooked, instagrammed, blogged, snapchatted & tweeted about being a woman, celebrating women and supporting women. Some held rallies & marches.
Here are some of my favorites.
Blogs & Links
Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get
Amy Poehler: Great People Do Things Before They're Ready
Ted Talks: This isn't her mother's feminism
Feministing.: A List of TED Talks
PASS WIT VC Gender Inequality & Unconscious Bias
Celebrating Women Inventors!
So how did you celebrate International Women's Day?