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Girl Power: It's Women's History Month

by Autumn Delosreyes |

Happy Women’s History Month from all of us at heroine.nyc! We strongly believe in the empowerment of women all over the world and with International Women’s Day coming up on March 8th, we wanted to share some info about the historical date!

 

 

A Brief History

International Women’s Day has been designated as an official United Nations observance since 1975, which was International Women’s Year, and is a national holiday in many parts of the world. The motivation for establishing an International Women’s Day can be traced back to February 1908 in New York City, when thousands of women who were garment workers went on strike protesting against their working conditions.

In honor of the anniversary of those strikes, a National Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in the U.S. on February 28, 1909. The idea to turn the day into an international movement for universal suffrage was established in 1910 at the International Conference of Working Women and it took on a revolutionary form in Russia, where International Women’s Day was established in 1913.

 

International Women’s Day Today

International Women’s Day, a day observed annually on 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.

The ultimate goal is to build a gender-balanced world and everyone has a part to play - all the time, everywhere. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

 

The IWD 2019 Campaign

The campaign for International Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. It will focus on groundbreaking ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

The theme this year is #BalanceforBetter and it runs all year long. Balance is not only a women’s issue, but a business one. We are all working towards a gender-balanced workplace, a gender-balanced government, and a gender-balanced world. We believe gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. The #BalanceforBetter initiative will provide a single direction to guide continuous and collective action to be reinforced throughout 2019.

Find out more at www.internationalwomensday.com!

 
What does International Women’s Day mean to you? We want to know! Tell us in the comments below!

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