International Woman’s Day has a website dedicated to the celebration of International Women’s Day that promotes and encourages women all across the world to stand up for what they believe in and to give women that are living in some countries around the globe a voice that they do not currently have or the respect, independence and rights that we have in the West.
It was not that long ago that in the UK women did not have the right to vote, and were considered the property of their husbands etc. If you were to read a magazine of the 1950s and early 1960s it would advise you to make sure your husband’s dinner was ready to serve as soon as he came home from work, the house being spic and span and looking as if you had walked off the cover of Vogue magazine. Of course the children should also be fed, bathed and ready for bed so as not to disturb the husband after a hard day at the office. This sounds far fetched I know but I can assure you this was the case. Life was very different for women then, but still like it now for many other women in some other countries now.
This is what the International Women’s Day Website has to say about the special day and how we can help to promote it and bring Balance for Better, which is the theme of this year’s celebrations:
Right now is a great and important time in history to do everything possible to help forge a more gender-balanced world. Women have come a long way, yet there’s still more to be achieved.
As the world heads toward International Women’s Day, step-by-step planning is underway to celebrate women’s achievements and tenaciously challenge bias.
The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference?
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.
Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
Make IWD your day – everyday.