International Women’s Day
From Grassroots Action To International Movement: How International Women’s Day Is Changing History
March 8 will be an important day in the history of the world, and a time of vital action for more than half the world’s population. This year’s celebration will be the latest in a long line of events highlighting the contributions women have made and seeking creative ways to make the lives of women around the world better and more fulfilling.
“International Women’s Day celebrates the great things women have achieved in fields as diverse as linguistics, cultural studies, science, medicine, economics and politics.”
International Women’s Day is a day when women around the world are recognized for their achievements and their contributions, regardless of their national origin, race, creed or sexual orientation. International Women’s Day celebrates the great things women have achieved in fields as diverse as linguistics, cultural studies, science, medicine, economics and politics. It is also a time to look back on the past struggles women have endured and overcome, something that makes their accomplishments all the more noteworthy.
International Women’s Day may seem like a brand new concept, but in fact the idea dates back to at least the mid-1970s. You may remember that 1975 was designated International Women’s Year, and it was then that the United Nations first began celebrating International Women’s Day. March 8, 1975 was the first celebration of women and their accomplishments, and decades later that proud condition continues.
There have been many memorable moments in the history of International Women’s Day, including the U.N. proclaiming United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace in 1977. This proclamation was meant to recognize the powerful role women have had on the peace process throughout the years, from ancient times to the present day.
“International Women’s Day has had a role to play in virtually every modern social upheaval.”
International Women’s Day has a long and storied history, and its future looks just as bright. From its roots in the labor and equal rights movement to its connection to world peace and environmental concerns, International Women’s Day has had a role to play in virtually every modern social upheaval.
This year you can celebrate International Women’s Day throughout the country and around the world. From marches for equal pay to grassroots efforts to reduce poverty and help poor women live more successful lives, there are plenty of practical ways to celebrate this special day.
Celebrations in conjunction with last year’s incarnation of International Women’s Day literally took place around the world. Some of the more notable celebrations include the Girls CAN Fly! event in Ontario, Canada, the Nottingham Careers Fest helping women and girls find employment, and the world premiere of the feminist inspired film The Will to Fly, taking place in Melbourne, Australia.
“March 8 is also the perfect time to look forward to a brighter future…”
No matter what part of the world you call home or how you plan to celebrate, International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and the contributions they have made. March 8 is also the perfect time to look forward to a brighter future where all women are treated as equals and live their lives with the dignity and respect they deserve. VIGOROUS