Women today have the freedom to think and live independently, especially in the US and the UK. However, this was not always the case.
In fact, if you are a little older, you probably remember the days when the gender equality gap was much larger. Women were expected to stay home, expected to have kids, and generally fulfill the housewife stereotype. Fortunately, organizations like the United Nations have altered this outdated way of thinking for the better. In fact, women even have a global day to celebrate their accomplishments: International Women’s Day. This is a day that celebrates equal rights, achievements, and social acumen of women across the world.
There is still a long way to go in certain countries where women are still “expected” to live a certain way, dress a certain way, and speak a certain way. International Women’s Day is all about inspiring change across the globe and allowing for the advocacy and opportunity for change.
Since 1908, women have feverishly worked to become equals to their male counterparts. For example, they’ve demanded shorter working hours and the right to vote. This day was not always international though. It began as NWD – National Women’s Day in the US and only in certain states.
In 1910, Clara Zetkin, proposed International Women’s Day. At a conference of 100 women from 17 different countries representing different unions, clubs, and socialist parties, Zetkin endorsed International Women’s Day to celebrate women’s achievements around the world, while continuing to promote equality in regions that were still prejudiced towards women.
International Women’s Day is held on March 8th of every year. Although many people are unaware that such a day exists, it’s a source of pride for women across the globe. It has helped women achieve equality in the form of equal pay, respect, and expanded opportunities, and continues to positively influence their future. It’s important to recognize how far women have come in the last century. International Women’s Day is another step forward for women everywhere.