Women have come a long way in this world, and rightfully so that progress is honoured every year on March 8. What is International Women’s Day, you ask? You may have noticed the date coming up on your calendar. Obviously, we don’t need a designated holiday to celebrate the ongoing strength and courage of women, because women are so amazingly awesome that they should be celebrated every single day, but it’s nice to have a day to appreciate the hard work made by previous generations in the fight for gender equality. And, that’s exactly what International Women’s Day is all about.
It began as a massive protest by women who wanted better working conditions, better pay, and the right to vote. But since then, the holiday has evolved into a day of awareness on women’s progress in the ongoing fight for gender equality, and a day to address issues across the globe that directly affect women. IWD is now a recognized holiday in 27 countries! This includes China, Vietnam, Uganda, Afghanistan, Cuba, and Russia.
While the fight is far from over, the progress women have made since the first International Women’s Day in 1908 is seriously impressive. It all started when 15,000 amazing women marched through the streets of New York City that year demanding shorter work hours, better pay, and the right to vote. Fast forward to today, and women are not only voting, it is very possible we might soon see the first ever United States woman president.
In the USA President Obama was responsible for making March Women’s History Month, starting in 2011. And even though IWD was created by women for women, it is honoured each year by more and more men who understand the importance of gender equality.
So tomorrow, take a moment to acknowledge your mum, sister, aunty, partner, wife or grandmother… and if you can, let them know how much they mean to you and thank them for the contributions they have made over the years, and for the extraordinary role models they have become; for without them… none of us would be here!