Yesterday marked International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrating women from all around the world for their achievements, raising awareness for discrimination, and driving gender parity.
As a social media executive (and enthusiast), I was overwhelmed with the amount of posts I saw online from all genders, and the variety of posts, each one giving an individual insight into what this day means to them.
I was surprised to learn that IWD has existed for well over a century, with the first official IWD gathering in 1911 (although there is some controversy over whether it was actually 1907 or 1909). In recent years, international marketing campaigns have brought the holiday into the mainstream.
This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity and highlights why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging requires equitable action. It’s also important to note that forging gender equity cannot be achieved by women alone. Allies are incredibly important for the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women.
Everyone everywhere can play a part, and all IWD activity is valid – that’s what makes it so inclusive.
Personally, I try to celebrate women every day – both unconsciously and with effort. I support my friends’ small businesses. I follow so many inspiring women on social media. I amplify my friends’ and colleagues’ wins. I empower my nieces to be whoever they want to be. I call out discrimination and misogyny. I educate myself. I advocate for our rights. I speak my mind. I’m writing this blog, after all.
In my job, I am grateful for so many driven IR Global members paving the way in their career.
In my workplace, I am grateful for so many inspiring colleagues supporting each other.
In my family, I am grateful for so many caring women protecting those around them.
In my friendships, I am grateful for so many powerful friends making a difference in the world.
And in my relationship, I am grateful to my girlfriend for being all of the above.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you? Please click here to read more about IWD and how you can make a difference, not just on the 8th March, but every day.