International Women’s Day (March 8) is a worldwide celebration of women’s historical, cultural, and political achievements. The day is also marked in favour of global efforts to combat gender inequality. We all know that the world could not function without women (just listen to Beyoncé). Today is the day to recognise their achievements! Organizations of different sizes band together to demonstrate how vital women are in today’s society.
WHEN IS WORLD WOMEN’S DAY IN 2022?
March 8 is International Women’s Day. Women’s accomplishments and progress in the battle for their rights in the political, cultural, and social arenas are commemorated.
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY’S HISTORY
Susan B. Anthony was a political activist and women’s rights champion. Following the Civil War, she worked for the 14th Amendment, which was intended to extend citizenship to all naturalised and native-born Americans with the expectation that it would include suffrage rights. Even though the 14th Amendment was approved in 1868, it did not guarantee their right to vote. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony created the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) in 1869 to continue the battle for women’s rights.
Women faced income disparities, a lack of voting rights, and were overworked in the early 1900s. In response, 15,000 women marched through New York City in 1908, demanding their rights. The inaugural National Women’s Day was marked in 1909, in line with a Socialist Party of America statement. Until 1913, this was observed on the last Sunday of February.
Clara Zetkin, a German suffragist and Women’s Office leader, held an International Women’s Conference in August 1910. Zetkin advocated an annual Women’s Day, and the next year, International Women’s Day was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, with over one million people attending demonstrations.
The 19th Amendment was approved on August 18, 1920, and white women were granted the right to vote in the United States.
The women’s liberation movement occurred in the 1960s, and the effort resulted in the passing of the Voting Rights Act, which granted all women the right to vote. When the internet became more widely available, feminism and the battle against gender injustice saw a renaissance. Every year, we commemorate International Women’s Day with the goal of achieving a truly equitable society.
TIMELINE OF WORLD WOMEN’S DAY
1869: Forms for the NWSA
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton created the National Women’s Suffrage Association to push for women’s rights.
1911: A Women’s Day
Clara Zetkin suggests a Women’s Day celebration, and International Women’s Day is now commemorated yearly.
1965: All Women Are Entitled to Vote
The women’s liberation movement strives for women’s rights in politics, labour, family, and sexuality, and all women are given the opportunity to vote.
New Age Feminism in the 2000s
With the rise of the internet, the message of feminism becomes more cohesive and concentrated.
On International Women’s Day, women gather to celebrate the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights, while men show their support by giving them flowers or other gifts. This legacy is carried on in educational institutions and industries. Inspiring female leaders and women with success stories from many walks of life are highlighted in order to motivate and influence other women all around the world.
On this day, political actions and protests take occur in Spain and Turkey. The goal is to convince policymakers to modify their ways. Women in China are frequently given a half-day off from work and are given preferential treatment both at work and at home.
ACCORDING TO THE NUMBERS
The number of females in the United States in July 2015 was 163.2 million.
The percentage of women in the United States Senate is 24 percent.
The percentage of women in state legislature seats is 29 percent.
0% – the proportion of female presidents in the United States.
40 billion — the number of hours spent gathering water by women in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Women account for 23% of the world’s 796 million illiterate persons.
Violence affects one in every three women worldwide.2.7 billion – the number of women who do not have equal access to employment as men.
82 million – the number of women globally who are not legally protected from job discrimination.
650 million – the global number of women who marry before the age of 18.
ACTIVITIES FOR WORLD WOMEN’S DAY
Almost every big city has an International Women’s Day celebration, and you may pick and choose what appeals to you the most. There are live music concerts, art exhibitions where outstanding artisans present their work, and networking conferences where guest speakers address women’s rights.
Do like the rest of the world does
Send your mother, sister, or co-worker a flower, a thank you note, or a modest gift. It will undoubtedly brighten their day, elevate you in their eyes, and help them remember a good day.
Find out more about a lady you admire
We all have favourite bands, actresses, and historical personalities, but have you ever taken the time to learn their backstory? Investigate their lives and find out what it was like for them. They’ve probably gone through their fair share of difficulties and tribulations, and their persistence will encourage you.
5 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY FACTS
International Women’s Day was formally recognised by the United Nations in 1975.
A Mother’s Day celebration
Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, and Uzbekistan jointly commemorate International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day.
International Women’s Day has a theme each year, and the subject for 2020 was “An equal world is an empowered world”.
According to the United Nations, women continue to earn 24 percent less than males globally. Another study found that women save less for retirement than males, with 68 cents to a dollar ratio.
Women are in class
In Algeria, women make up 70% of the legal profession and 60% of the judiciary.
It’s global and inter-organizational
International Women’s Day is not primarily the responsibility of one government, NGO, charity, corporate, academic institution, women’s network, or media hub. International Women’s Day was created and has been observed for many years! “The tale of women’s battle for equality belongs to no single feminist or group, but to the joint efforts of those who care about human rights”, says Gloria Steinem. We both agree! The day is all about intersectionality, whether it’s about the organisations that promote International Women’s Day or the kind of women it honours.
It’s a worldwide holiday
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia all observe International Women’s Day. Men thank their moms, spouses, girlfriends, co-workers, and others with flowers and little gifts. There may be cultural variations across countries, but women’s achievements are universally admired.
It spreads awareness all around the world
We may appear to have come a long way by now. Yes, some progress has been achieved, but a recent survey of 145 countries revealed that there is still a gender disparity. Iceland has come the closest to achieving equality in economic participation and opportunity, educational achievement, health and survival, and political empowerment, and this is a start. In some countries, such as Yemen, women are only regarded half a witness in court. They are also barred from leaving the house without the permission of their spouse. The International Women’s Forum was founded to work toward a standard of gender equality for all countries. Because, as we all know, raising awareness of the condition of women all around the world serves to uplift all women.