International Women’s Day – March 8 – is a day to mark the achievements of women worldwide and acknowledge the long journey ahead to equality.
The first IWD was celebrated in 1909 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York, demanding better working conditions. Every year there is a different theme and this year it is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” – asking governments to make commitments to close the gender equality gap.
So, today I urge you to:
Acknowledge that we all stand on the shoulders of giants – we wouldn’t have all the rights and freedoms we have today without the women who fought hard for them.
Celebrate the achievements of women all around us. We’ve come a long way, baby. We should be proud. Heck, we might have a woman in the White House by the end of the year.
Get angry about what’s still unfair for women. From equal pay to violence against women and girls. There’s still a lot to fight for.
Remember, well behaved women rarely make history. Happy IWD!