On 8th of March, International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, social, cultural and political achievement of women
On Tuesday 8th of March this year, we celebrate International Women’s Day, also known as Women’s Day. This special day of observance originates from Austria, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany on 19th March in 1911. On this day over a million men and women campaigned for women’s rights to vote, work, have the rights to be trained and to hold public office. They were campaigning to be treated fairly and to be seen as equal to men. This important day is future focused on global gender equality and is empowering women all over the world to show independence and to stand up for their rights.
There is a call for gender balanced roles and leadership
Each year International Women’s Day has a theme attached to it, and this will be whatever seems to be of imperative importance for women at that time in history. This year on the 8th of March, the theme is ‘Pledging for Parity’ and it encourages men and women to pledge to make a solid commitment to help achieve gender parity and for it to develop quickly. This has much relevance to future focused work status and pay, and that women should be able to achieve the same as men in the working environment and should not be dismissed or restricted. There is a call for gender balanced roles and leadership, to be respected and valued and for countries to develop cultures that are flexible and inclusive, especially where there is currently a bias in the workplace. Women’s Day celebrates empowering women in professional sectors, success in senior leadership roles, female-owned businesses and contributions that have been achieved in art and culture.
Over the years, times have changed and improved for women. The political movement towards women’s suffrage began in 1918 during the war. Parliament passed an act granting that women over the age of 30 who were householders, the wives of householders and occupiers of a property with annual rent of at least £5, and also graduates of British universities – were given the right to vote. In 1928, ten years later the Conservative government passed the ‘Representation of The People (Equal Franchise) Act’, giving all women over the age of 21 the right to vote.
Without these strong influential women, the world could be quite a different place
Women have shown strength, power, independence and aptitude throughout history, empowering other women and encouraging them to do the same. Without these strong influential women, the world could be quite a different place. We should be proud of their achievements and the long-lasting influence that they have had on the world:
There are still many countries throughout the world where women are still fighting for their rights
Embrace International Women’s Day on the 8th of March by doing something that gives you pride and enthusiasm to support the growing pledge for parity for women. Whether it’s choosing independence and doing something for yourself that you would not normally do, deciding to help a charity that supports women or even just spreading awareness about this special day. There are still many countries throughout the world where women are still fighting for their rights and are desperate for equality. Empowering yourself and others to be future focused on Women’s Day, and strive for changes in this world, could make all the difference. Unity can create transformation.
PUBLISHED: 3 March 2016