International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021
International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021
International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021

The first annual Women’s Day was observed in 1909, set against the backdrop of widespread social activism and political reform. Each year since, March 8 serves as a focal point for calling attention to the achievements of women, and more importantly, calling for equal pay, equal economic opportunity, equal legal rights, reproductive rights, subsidized childcare, and the prevention of violence against women and children throughout the globe.

A Remarkable and Historic Year

Since last International Women’s Day, these incredible women continued to make their mark in government, sports, and music, by contributing to an impressive list of firsts:

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, first woman to lie in repose at the Supreme Court Building
  • Kamala Harris, first female Vice President of the United States of America
  • Yvette Harrell, first Native American woman to serve in Congress
  • Stephanie Bice, first Iranian-American ever elected to Congress
  • Dr. Jill Biden, the only First Lady to having a paying job outside of the White House
  • Sara McBride, first openly transgender state senator (Delaware)
  • Katerina Sakellaropoulou, first female President of Greece
  • Kim Ng, first female General Manager in MLB history (Miami Marlins)
  • Sara Thomas, first female to referee a Super Bowl
  • Becky Hammon, first female acting head coach in NBA history
  • Billie Eilish, first woman to win all four General Field categories at the 62 Annual Grammy Awards

There are countless women, across the globe, sharing their talent, skill, and passion with the world. We may not know their names, but they are the nurses and first responders working endless hours in a pandemic, the teachers doing their best as they navigate e-learning, and the advocates who continue to fight for social justice and women’s equality.

Choose to Challenge

“A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So, let’s all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take Action for Equality” (International Women’s Day, 2021, para. 1).

The 2021 theme “Choose to Challenge” includes a rousing call to action. Here are some ideas for celebrating, raising awareness, and taking action:

Celebrate Women’s Achievements

  • Hold an event with female speakers who are leaders in your community or industry
  • Support women publishers and books by organizing a book club
  • Celebrate women in film by hosting movie screenings
  • Attend an International Women’s Day event – many this year are being offered virtually
  • Have a costume party for children – they can dress up as their favorite female icon

Raise Awareness Against Bias

  • Promote gender diversity and equality in your workplace
  • Avoid using exclusionary terms and nouns that only refer to men (chairman, mankind)
  • Avoid stereotypes and call out those who do not

Take Action for Equality

  • Make a financial donation to an organization supporting gender equality
  • Share your support for gender equality on social media
  • Join a march
  • Learn what your politicians think about issues pertinent to women before you vote

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References (2021). International Women’s Day.