What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is a celebration of women’s social, economic, and political achievements. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day was first observed in 1911, following International Working Women’s Day on March 8th, 1910 in Austria-Hungary (now Austria) and Germany. The first-ever official celebration took place in 1917 following the Russian Revolution when it became an official holiday in Soviet Russia. In 1975 the United Nations General Assembly declared March 8th as International Women’s Day with Resolution 33/37 B; however, it wasn’t until 1977 that all member states agreed on this date as an international observance day for women around the world!
Women’s Achievements in 2023
In 2023, women have made significant strides in the workplace. Women-owned businesses are thriving and making up a larger percentage of all businesses than ever before. Women are also prominent leaders in government and corporate America addition to being CEOs of some of the largest companies in the world, they hold prominent positions at every level of government–from mayors and governors to senators and representatives from both parties.
In other areas where women have traditionally been underrepresented or excluded altogether (e.g., STEM fields), there has been an influx of talented female professionals entering these fields as well as increased visibility for those already working within them.*
Events Around the World
International Women’s Day is an annual event that celebrates the social,, achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is “Women in STEM: Achieving Global Gender Parity.” It aims to raise awareness about the need for more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields so that they can contribute their full potential towards solving global challenges such as climate change and food security.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It’s also a time to reflect on how far we’ve come in our fight for gender equality, but also where we still need to go.
The best way to celebrate IWD is by showing appreciation for women in your life — whether it be your partner, mother or daughter — and supporting organizations that empower women around the world through education programs or financial assistance.
Reflecting on International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made, but also to acknowledge there is still work to be done. We must continue to fight for gender equality and justice.
Resources for Women
If you are a woman who is interested in learning more about International Women’s Day and how it can help you, the following resources are great places to start:
- Organizations and initiatives that support women
- The United Nations Foundation has created an international initiative called “Women Empowering Women.” This organization works to provide mentorship, networking opportunities and funding for women around the world. They also offer grants for projects focused on empowering women globally. You can learn more about their work here: UN Foundation.
- Resources for women in business
- If you’re looking for advice on starting your own business or growing your existing one as a female entrepreneur (or even just thinking about it), check out this helpful website.
How to Get Involved
You can get involved by:
- Attending events and conferences,
- Participating in online discussions,
- Supporting organizations that empower women.
Ways to Show Your Support
There are many ways to show your support for International Women’s Day. You can make a donation to a women’s organization, volunteer your time and skills, or write letters to your local representatives.
It’s been a long time since International Women’s Day was first celebrated, but it’s important to remember that this day has always been about celebrating the progress that has been made and recognizing the work that still needs to be done.
This year in particular, we have seen so many women rise up against injustice and inequality in their societies. They have fought for their rights and demanded change from those in power; they are using their voices to make sure their stories are heard by the world at large. This is something worth celebrating!
But let us not forget: this fight does not end on March 8th; rather it begins again tomorrow when we wake up and continue working towards gender equality across all areas of society.
As you celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, remember to support women in the present and future. If you’re looking for ways to be an ally and help fight for gender equality, here are some ideas:
- Volunteer with an organization that supports women’s rights.
- Learn about intersectional feminism, which recognizes that oppression can occur at multiple levels (e.g., race, class).
- Donate money or time to organizations working toward equality across all identities.