IRL has created a new category to highlight events that advocate for gender equality through education and celebration.
As more and more women take positions of leadership across industries, their roles and responsibilities have paved a new path for young women everywhere to pursue their interests, career goals, dreams and aspirations. Thanks to women like Sarah Thomas, the first female to referee the Super Bowl, and other prominent female leaders such as Kamala Harris or Megan Thee Stallion, International Women’s Day will be a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements from women and how much more there is to be done for equality and inclusion.
International Women’s Day has been celebrated since 1909, when the Socialist Party of America celebrated the occasion for the first time. Although it wasn’t widely adopted by the masses until later on, it became a national holiday in soviet Russia after women earned the right to vote. The celebration was later adopted by the feminist movement in in 1967 and recognized in by the UN in 1977. It is widely viewed as a win for the feminist movement as a way to propel feminist ideals into the mainstream.
Fast forward to the 20th century and International Women’s Day, celebrated globally every year on March 8, is a time to celebrate, educate and reflect upon all that women have achieved. In past years, International Women’s Day has been observed in a variety of ways. Back in 2010, the International Committee of the Red Cross took the day to draw attention to the hardships that many displaced women endure. In 2011, former US President Barack Obama used the 100th anniversary of the day to establish March as Women’s History Month.
Each year also carries a different theme to reflect the many challenges womens continue to face in our modern world. Themes in the past have ranged from World Free of Violence Against Women (1999), Women in Decision-making (2006), Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women (2011) and Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger (2012), to name a few. This year’s theme, Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, is meant to highlight all the hardworking women who have been impacted by the pandemic as well as shedding light on how women have been disproportionately affected.
For those looking to celebrate International Women’s Day in COVID safe ways but don’t know how, IRL – the social calendar app that allows you to discover, plan and attend events, now has a live Women’s Week category so you can celebrate International Women’s Day from the comfort of your home!
Women’s Week focuses on the events that produce real change and create enlightening conversations to better understand the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IRL has a variety of events between March 4-31 so that we can continue to educate ourselves and reflect upon accelerating women’s equality. These events will highlight International Women’s Day’s purpose, such as call to actions, philanthropies, uplifting women and collaborations. There is still so much work to be done for gender parity, and IRL is here to help educate.