Every year on March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated. A day filled with educational resources, fantastic opportunity, celebrations and remembrance of all the ground breaking achievements, sacrifices, movements and breakthroughs that we have seen by women throughout history, past and present.
In March 2022, this year’s International Women’s Day theme, as set by UN Women, is simply: “Gender Equality Today, For A Sustainable Tomorrow”.
This theme places a focus on what we can do as women or men to celebrate and boost the contributions of women around the world to a more sustainable future, for us all.
To celebrate women everywhere and their achievements (not just related to this year’s International Women’s Day theme, but in all walks of life), as a brand and as a community, we want to place focus on the history of International Women’s Day and all that this wonderful day has done for women and men everywhere in it’s many years.
The celebration and pride that IWD brings each year, and the education that this day facilitates throughout the year, every year, is phenomenal, and one that should be celebrated.
So, if you’re looking for more information around this day, around International Women’s Day history, or even want to know when and how International Women’s Day came to fruition, here you have it!
What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is a day celebrated around the world to place a focus on the achievements of women and girls everywhere. From educational achievements to social ones, and political too, no achievement goes unnoticed.
Celebrated annually on March 8th, 2022 will mark IWD’s 47th day since its conception in 1975. Honouring women’s rights countries from every corner celebrate this day, with many even marking the important occasion as a national holiday.
A brief history of International Women’s Day
Whilst IWD officially began on March 8th 1975, the history of International Women’s Day spans far greater than this. In fact, the origins of this day can be traced back to 1908, in line with the New York City march of thousands of women who campaigned against their working conditions, subject to sexual harassment, and all-round mistreatment at work in comparison to their male counterparts.
Snowballing in its movement across the world, instances of women standing up against inequality became less and less rare, with instances also noted throughout history in countries such as Russia in 1917 which resulted in Russian women’s right to vote, inspiring the suffragettes of the United Kingdom and the United States of America in the years to come.
More recently movements of this nature can be noted in the popular media #MeToo movement, in which women around the world show support for each other in their tales of sexual harassment.
Why do we celebrate International Women’s Day?
With movements such as this one still common practice in the twenty-first century, it is clear that the work of International Women’s Day is far from over, with many more steps to take to claim true equality in the world.
Whilst each of these reasons require a in-depth discussion around their significance, and this list being far from exhaustive, the reasons for International Women’s Day’s importance include:
- The gender pay gap
- Lack of female education
- The prevalence of forced and under age marriages
- Violence against women
- The rate of poverty amongst women vs men
- The lack of women in positions of leadership
- The prevalence of sexual harassment
- A huge number of countries still don’t allow women to open their own bank account
This year’s theme
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is a stark reminder of the current global crisis of climate change.
In line with this theme, and to do what we can in celebrating what women have done, here's some notable examples of women working in sustainability to make the world a better (and more eco-conscious) place. If you didn't realise already, powerful women are leading the sustainability movement.
#1 Greta Thunberg
Teen activist Greta Thunberg is aged just 19 years old, and continues to make waves in the world press. Greta has been campaigning since she was fifteen, challenging world leaders on their actions against the globe and campaigning for sustainable change.
#2 Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Campaigning to match international actions against climate change to those on the ground, Hindou is from Chad, and campaigns to lobby for the rights of indigineous groups, shining a light on the reality of life for these people who are somewhat forgotten in the eyes of the world when it comes to how their practices are impacting those on the ground.
#3 Miranda Wang
Paving the way for sustainable inventions, Miranda was inspired by a school trip to a waste management facility that sparked her activism.
Since then, Miranda's inventions surrounding plastic recycling have won awards and accolades all over the world, and hopes to implement her eco-friendly recycling programs all over the world to make a difference.
Resources for International Women’s Day:
Whilst the list is endless when it comes to educating yourself on International Women’s Day, equality, history and education – just to name a few areas that this powerful day touches upon, literature is a great place to start. If you’re looking to educate yourself, a friend, a class or just broaden your perspective, here are some of our favourite books around women, women in leadership, and women who changed the world to get you started:
- 53 Women Who Changed The World
- Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History
- The Evolution Of A Girl
- Fantastically Great Women: True Stories Of Ambition, Adventure and Bravery
A quick thank you
From everyone here at Innermost, to all the womxn out there, Happy International Women’s Day to you. Thanks for all you do to make this world a better, more sustainable place for generations to come.
And finally, in celebration of all the wonderful women that make up the team here at Innermost: Happy International Women’s Day.
Keep fighting the good fight.