Today’s post doesn’t highlight an individual woman, but instead pays homage to all those who gave energy and heart to bring millions together in celebration of International Women’s Day. This tradition that has its roots in the United States women’s labor and suffrage movement. As listed on the official site, the first International Women’s Day was in March, 1911, with just a few European countries participating. Less than a week later, the horrific New York City ‘Triangle Fire’ aimed national attention and started a movement in the U.S. for legislation to improve labor conditions. The disaster became a rallying focus in later International Women’s Day events. By 1914, and after several years of political conflicts, women across Europe were campaigning against war and for women’s solidarity. Today, International Women’s Day is global with events sponsored by a range of groups and organizations.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is Inspiring Change. Though our world has seen a great transformation in the past century, there is still work to be done to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. Globally, issues include inequality in education and health services, unequal political representation, salary disparity, and sanctioned violence against women and girls.
Today, we celebrate the accomplishments of women who paved the way, and women who continue to march toward progress. Today, we also stand with women and girls that protest and stand up for change under difficult circumstance. Yes, there is still much to do. As written on the International Women’s Day website:
So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
© 2014, A Woman in Time
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