Every human being – women, men and non-binary people – can play a part in helping create positive outcomes for women daily and globally. Around the world, International Women’s Day, March 8th, provides an important opportunity for action that can truly drive greater change for women. This means us, Metiza girls. In a post Women’s March world, we have the opportunity to keep the conversation going not only to increase awareness, but to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
“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,” says world-renowned feminist and political activist Gloria Steinem.
Tidbits & Trivia – International Women’s Day
The first Women’s Day was observed in the U.S. in February 1909 in a large demonstration marking the one-year anniversary of the 1908 New York Garment Workers’ Strike. Quickly thereafter, women’s days became a rallying point around which people around the world protested war and fought for women’s suffrage
With more than 17 million women living in poverty in the United States alone, over 600,000 women and girls trafficked internationally per year, and an estimated seven out of 10 women worldwide reporting they have experienced physical and sexual violence.
2011 saw the 100 year centenary of International Women’s Day – with the first IWD event held exactly 100 years ago in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be “Women’s History Month”, calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on “the extraordinary accomplishments of women” in shaping the country’s history. The then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges”.
How can you make a difference and join women world wide in solidarity?
Pledge to #BeBoldForChange, and download these selfie cards for your social feed.
Call for Action: Ask friends what bold actions they’re taking to help drive gender parity. For example, educate boys about stereotypes and violence against women; donate time to a female-focused charity; take advice from this fourth grader and start your own club.
Participate in a Day Without Women
Created by the organizers and founders of the Women’s March, A Day Without Women “recognizes the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice.
- Take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor.
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women and minority owned businesses).
- Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.