Sisters@Eight: International Women’s Day
March 8 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM PST
International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8th, is a global event dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It’s also a day for advocating gender equality and raising awareness about issues affecting women worldwide.
The origins of International Women’s Day can be traced back to the early 20th century, emerging from the labor movement in North America and Europe. It was first observed in 1909 in the United States.
The day gained international recognition in 1911 when it was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, with rallies advocating for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, hold public office, and end discrimination.
Over the years, International Women’s Day has evolved and is now observed in various ways globally. It is a day for:
- Celebration: Recognizing the achievements and contributions of women in various fields, often overshadowed in history.
- Awareness: Highlighting the ongoing struggles and challenges women face, such as gender-based violence, wage disparity, and unequal representation in business and politics.
- Action: Encouraging proactive steps to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. This includes advocating for policies that support women’s rights and organizing events that foster discussion and change.
- Solidarity: Bringing people together, regardless of gender, to support the fight for women’s rights and gender equality.
Each year, International Women’s Day is marked with a specific theme that focuses on a particular aspect of women’s rights and equality. These themes can range from women in leadership and ending gender-based violence, to gender equality in the workplace and the empowerment of women in different sectors of society.
The day is not affiliated with any one group or organization but brings together governments, women’s organizations, corporations, and charities through various events such as marches, talks, conferences, and cultural performances.