We all have at least one strong, independent woman in our lives, whether it be your wife, sister, daughter, or your friend. Women have been fighting for their rights and making history for centuries, and every year on March 8, we take some time to celebrate the achievements of women everywhere on International Women’s Day.
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How to Celebrate International Women’s Day
What Is IWD?
Before you can begin to plan ways to celebrate IWD, it’s important to understand part of the history of this holiday and what it stands for. International Women’s Day may sound like a holiday that was created more recently, but it actually has a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s.
In 1908, women were fighting for change. They were tired of being oppressed in the workplace and not having a say in the polls, which led to 15 thousand women marching through the streets of New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote. While this was a historic movement, it was just the beginning of what we now celebrate as International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day as a worldwide, annual celebration was not suggested until 1910. The International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen, where women from 17 different countries were present. It was during this meeting that Clara Zetkin made the suggestion to create a holiday in which women from every country across the globe celebrated on the same day every year. The vote was unanimous and resulted in International Women’s Day.
What Does International Women’s Day Mean Today?
As you can imagine, IWD is celebrated differently today than it was back in 1910. However, the concept of why International Women’s Day is celebrated is still the same. We use this day every year to reflect on the accomplishments of women throughout the globe, whether these achievements are political, academic, social, economic, or cultural. On March 8 every year, it’s important to empower the women in your life, as well as support their fight for gender parity.
How to Celebrate International Women’s Day
Each year, International Women’s Day has a different theme that they use to empower their actions. For example, in 2017, the theme was Be Bold for Change, and in 2018, the theme was Time Is Now. As we quickly approach International Women’s Day in 2019, we must embrace the theme for this year’s IWD, which is Balance for Better. This theme calls for a balance between genders with the hope that a better balance will help create a better world as a whole. No matter how you choose to celebrate International Women’s Day, the best way you can do your part is to encourage change and balance between men and women.
Join an Event Near You
Because International Women’s Day is a worldwide event, you can guarantee there will be numerous events happening all over the world. No matter where you live, you will be able to find a local event to attend. IWD events can be anything from marches to rallies and everything in between. The goal of the day is to empower women, speak up about the cause, and encourage change. Events are open to all genders, and it’s encouraged to attend and stand up for what is right. If you’re not sure where to find an IWD event near you, visit the International Women’s Day website to search for your town.
Create Your Own Event
There’s no question that there will be thousands of IWD events happening around the country, but if there isn’t an event happening in your area that you are able to attend, then you may want to create your own event! We’re not saying that you should organize your very own march in a limited amount of time, but you can invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and any other people you know who would be interested in the cause.