Yes, we must admit, every day feels like international women’s day at Red Lips Media, but globally International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 th each year. IWD joins communities, governments and businesses together to celebrate the social, cultural and political achievements of women throughout history. More and more, IWD is used to highlight how far gender equality has come yet how much more there is left to tackle.
Gender parity and pay imbalance is still an issue for women and so this year’s theme is #PressforProgress. Women and men around the world will be using this hashtag to encourage unity and accelerate action on these current issues. Jump on-board and support amazing women by using the hashtag #PressforProgress. If you want to go a step further, rock the colour purple for international women’s day. Purple became associated with IWD after it was the theme colour of the feminist movement in 1908.
But where did it all begin?
International Women’s Day first began in the 1900’s when over 18,000 women protested for better working hours and the right to vote. A year later, a conference was held and it was decided that IWD should be recognised on the same day each year to celebrate women and their achievements.
Why do we still celebrate it?
We have come a long way since the 1900’s. Women are political leaders, lawyers, doctors and astronauts but we still have a long way to go. In a world of online movements, now more than ever we have the power to motivate change and celebrate those who continue to inspire us every single day.
So, get your Beyoncé playlist on and let’s join together on International Women’s Day (and beyond) to celebrate inspirational women. Whether it’s your Nonna or Michelle Obama, we can and will continue to encourage progression for the future of women!