Monday March 8th, 2021 is globally International Women's Day. This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge for 2021. “A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.”
So they would like everyone to strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose and snap a photo to post on your social media with #ChooseToChallenge hashtag for 2021. By holding your hand high one shows their commitment to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world. All gender identities are welcomed to participate.
International Women’s Day 2021
International Women's Day is globally a day set aside to bring awareness and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
On March 8th, 2021 International Women's Day everyone should do the following to celebrate this day:
- celebrate women's achievements
- raise awareness about women's equality
- lobby for accelerated gender parity
- fundraise for female-focused charities
International Women's Day History
You may have not heard about it until recently, but International Women's Day has been around for over a century. It was first held in the year of 1911.
Per Wiki, “After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women's Day in New York City on 28 February 1909, German delegates Clara Zetkin, Käte Duncker, Paula Thiede and others proposed at the 1910 International Socialist Women's Conference that "a special Women's Day" be organized annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the feminist movement in about 1967. The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1977.”
Everyone should know throughout the years that the commemoration of International Women's Day takes many forms and there is a huge range of how different people and organizations celebrate this day. In some countries it is a public holiday as some thing it should be in all countries. In other countries it is a non-event and ignored. Everywhere it should be a day that celebrates womanhood.
On Monday We All Wear Purple
They would love for all to wear purple on this day to show support. Purple was chosen since it signifies justice and dignity. The colors were originally used by the Women's Social and Political Union in 1908 in the United Kingdom.
Who can Support International Women's Day?
Per International Women's Day, the group is not country, group, nor organization specific. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network, or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." So make International Women's Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.
What Can You Do for International Women’s Day?
What can you do to support International Women’s Day? Support your local female entrepreneurs and their business. If you can not get out to their storefronts, see if you can support them online. If you do not have funds to purchase goods or services from them, no worries. Share their business with your friends either online or the good old fashion way - word of mouth.
How Will the White House Celebrate?
The White House has made a proclamation in honor of Women’s History Month. Per the White House, each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation.
Read the entire Women’s History Month proclamation here.
IWD 2021 Events
There are many ways to celebrate the event. Check out their official Facebook page for International Women’s Day 2021 events in your area.
Also see what the United Nations says about this celebrated day.