Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing global attention on areas requiring further action.
Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8, with the first day being held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.
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“The 1st anniversary of the opening of our co-working space coincides with International Women’s Day and it couldn’t be more perfect. IWD is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions; whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political and that’s what One Girl Band is all about. We’re for celebrating all women from all walks of life and their ability to create amazing things from an idea. We treasure community and know just how vital it is to raise each other up rather than compete and pull each other down, which is why I believe that One Girl Band compliments the essence of International Women’s Day greatly.”
“I launched Mama Tribe on the 8th March 2017 to coincide with International Women’s Day. There seemed no better day, Mama Tribe is all about supporting women in business and though motherhood. So many members of our tribe have a story to tell of how they were effected by gender discrimination in the workplace, or since becoming a parent have been forced out. Mama Tribe was set up to support those that have chosen to launch their own businesses or continue their career through flexible self-employment. We are a resource, hub of information and marketing platform and I’m so proud of all of the wonderful women that are part of our community.”
“To me, International Women’s Day is a reminder for women, everywhere, and from whatever background that they can go on to achieve very special things in life – whether that’s business, academia, motherhood, charity. International Women’s Day is unity, it’s reciprocity and it’s inspiration.”
“At last year’s IWD, I decided to buy myself a margarita inside a crowded bar in the city. On my own. For the first time. It felt liberating to be able to do something so simple but often a stigmatised experience for women.”
“International Women’s Day is the perfect time to come together, celebrate and observe the political, economic and cultural achievements of women all over the world. The 8th March will bring to the surface all of the characteristics and endeavours of females around the globe who fight every day to be successful year on year. International Women’s Day has been set aside as a clarion call to recognise amidst ourselves, the work we have ahead for building a world where sexes are defined not by their gender but recognised as binaries – two uniquely distinct but equal entities roaming the face of this earth, and in some cases shooting for the stars.”
“International Women’s Day is an incredibly important milestone in the calendar, and represents a time for celebration and reflection on a year of prosperity, success and empowerment from females spanning all walks of life. From sports to business, women around the world continue to unite to defy stereotypes and smash through glass ceilings – undeterred by obstacles that may stand in their path.”
“International Women’s Day is the perfect time to collaborate, celebrate and observe the political, economic and cultural achievements of women all over the world. International Women’s Day has been set aside as a clarion call to recognise amidst ourselves, the work we have ahead for building a world where sexes are defined not by their gender but recognised as binaries – two uniquely distinct but equal entities roaming the face of this earth, and in many cases shooting for the stars. As I always say, it’s about equal rights not special rights, and men equally need to play a meaningful role in empowering women.”
“It’s about equal rights not special rights, and men equally need to play a meaningful role in empowering women.”
“International Women’s Day should act as inspiration for women from each corner of the world. It’s important for us to come together one to celebrate our continuous strides in the world of business and equality. And it’s even more important that men are part of this discussion too! Let’s celebrate our individuality, celebrate our integrity, and celebrate our strength.”
“Confidence lies so deep and we all percolate with it differently.”
“2018 marks 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the UK and 2017 has seen women’s movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo dominate headlines and set the tone for this year’s IWD celebration. I don’t take lightly the fact that my generation will see a narrowing of the wage gap and fluid gender roles in both work and home spheres, being equally shared by partners. However, there’s still a huge amount of work to be done with young women across the world in building confidence, in understanding their rights and continuing the work of generations of women before them. That’s why IWD is important – young women today need to fully appreciate the legacy of what has been laid and the path still to travel until we reach full equality in the gender gap, which the World Economic Forum predicts won’t close until 2186.”
“I have a conflicted view of today. I’m sad that such a day is required in 2018. Yet I’m proud to be a woman surrounded by other strong, smart women.
“It’s a poignant reminder that women and men need to support women in the workforce.There is lack of diversity in today’s board rooms, meeting rooms and web calls – not just gender but in every sense of the word ‘diversity’. That’s unacceptable. Things need to change. And they need to change fast.There is so much evidence of the immense value of diverse teams and how diversity impacts the bottom line in business. Businesses ignore this at their peril.”
“International Women’s Day for me, means two things. Firstly, it is the opportunity to remember to continually celebrate the incredible women that we are all surrounded by. Secondly, it reminds me that we still have a long way to go and not to give up the fight. I love the feeling and seeing increased visibility of key female leaders and voices on this day, but this should be continued across the other 364 days of the year as well. Remember to celebrate yourself and your network of wonder women all the time, not just today.”
“It’s important to celebrate the sacrifices made by our foremothers and their fight on International Women’s Day. I’m inspired by how far we have come but know how much work we still need to do and I intend to be a part of that with just as much passion as the suffragettes 100 years ago!”
“8th March for me represents a memory and gratefulness to of all the women who fought at the beginning of 20th century for social, economic, cultural and political equality. They all paved the way, for women including me, to run businesses, be Prime Minister’s and even football club director’s. Their courage is priceless, and I am proud to be woman in business today.”