What is International Women’s Day About?

by Paige

  • First marked in 1909 in the USA after a declaration by the Socialists Party of America
  • 2018 theme is ‘Press for Progress’ - #PressforProgress
  • Celebrating women’s achievements worldwide
  • Campaigning for better pay and voting rights
  • Commemorates the movement of women’s rights
  • International Women’s Day is an official holiday in 15 countries including China and Vietnam

International Women’s Day was marked in 1909, by the Socialits Party of America in honour of the 1908 workers’ strike in New York.

Fast forward 100+ years, this year’s theme is #PressforProgress - A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. The last few months has seen huge movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp so this theme couldn’t be more topical.

Internal Women’s Day is all about campaigning for female equality. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

Despite being in an incredibly technologically advanced society, women are still suffering from lack of equality on all areas of the globe, on different scales. Initially, back in 1909, women were campaigning for better pay for women and voting rights. Although we’ve moved forward somewhat since then, women still earn 14% less than men in the UK.

So, let’s support one another, inspire one another, and congratulate one another. We’re all amazing women… let’s not forget that.

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