International Women’s Day

Staff Writer: Haley Roe-Deters

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights. The earliest Women’s day observance was held on February 28, 1909 in New York and organized by the Socialist Party of America.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900’s-a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw a booming population growth a rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for this international holiday. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance that others.

 

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Picture of women fighting for their country.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human right,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action-whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century-and continues to grow from strength to strength.

I asked a few people around school if they knew about this holiday. Freshman Logan Wood says “I knew about National Women in Sports Day, but never about a day that celebrates women on an international level.” Making people aware of the international celebration of women makes women that much closer to full equality.

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Women dancing for this holiday.

Junior Cole Haselhorst says, “It makes sense to celebrate women’s achievements, especially this day in age because men take women for granted a lot. and it’s important to remind them that we wouldn’t be where we are today without them. We wouldn’t be successful.”

 

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