Why International Women’s Day is so Important
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BY A STOCKDALE | 08 MARCH 2018 | 11:00AM
LIFESTYLE | TRENDING
Today is International Women’s Day. A glorious day of recognition and of celebration. Dedicated to commemorating the achievements of women throughout history and across nations, the annual event acknowledges the Women’s Rights Movement and the continued push for gender parity.
With no single affiliate, International Women’s Day is recognised by numerous charities, organisations and governments across the globe. And is marked with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches (Telegraph).
Originating from the early 1900’s and the days of the Suffragettes, the first International Women’s Day was held in 1911, and sought to put women and women’s rights in the spotlight as they existed in a suffocating patriarchal society.
Nowadays, the movement (and women) find themselves removed from this previous, more domineering patriarchal hold. And instead, IWD now looks to celebrate female achievements. Holding a torch to mothers, community leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries.
However, despite the obvious shift in societal practice that can be seen in our modern communities, and with it, the gradual move towards gender equality that was so strongly fought for in the early 1900’s. We must continue to acknowledge that women’s rights are not yet equivalent to their male counterparts.
With the gender pay gap currently sitting at around 19.1% for all employees in the UK (a pay gap of up to 40% can be seen in other areas across the globe), and with the continued sexual exploitation of women – most recently in Hollywood and the acting fraternity – the fight for gender parity is far from over. In fact, the ‘World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report’ concluded that gender parity was no sooner than 200+ years away (IWD.com).
But with the recent surge of public support and general awareness in the wake of gender equality and sexual exploitation movements such as the #TimesUp and #MeToo campaigns, it can be considered that, with the help of social media and the strong voices of those who have suffered discriminatory and degrading practices, we can all hope for a society that is motivated towards change sooner rather than later.
So please, take the time today to reflect on the achievements of magnificent women everywhere, and to acknowledge the fact that we are still facing gender inequality today. For it is through collective action and shared responsibility that we will be able to make the vision of International Women’s Day a reality.
Celebrate. Love. Be proud. Fight. Speak. Share.