Today is the 101st International Women’s Day (IWD), and NAPW has rounded up a list of things you can do to take part in the global celebration. But first, here is a bit of background on IWD:
The first IWD, celebrated by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, was held on March 18, 1911. The day was marked by demonstrations for various women’s issues including voting rights and sex discrimination. Eventually, March 8th was adopted worldwide as International Women’s Day.
Today IWD is an international celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women and their economic, political and social achievements. Many organizations use this day to raise awareness for a wide variety of women’s causes.
Now that you know the basics on IWD, here are a few ways that you can celebrate:
- Send an International Women’s Day greeting: Show your appreciation for the inspiring women in your life with Oxfam America’s free International Women’s Day e-card
- Join me on the Bridge: Show support for Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan and other war-torn countries and their demands for peace and equality by attending “Join me on the Bridge” events in your area.
- Mentor another woman: Are you in position to inspire another woman? If so, today is the perfect day to sign up to become a mentor. NAPW members can join our Mentorship Program and sign up to be matched with a mentee and fellow NAPW member.
- Spread the word about women’s accomplishments: It’s important for women to lift each other up. Take time to send out a tweet or Facebook message highlighting an achievement by a woman you know.
- Join an IWD event: Thousands of events are being held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. Browse events in your area and join in!
We wish all women a very happy International Women’s Day!
What are your plans for celebrating International Women’s Day?