International Women’s Day has come and gone, but that does not mean we can’t celebrate and reflect on what it stands for every day of the year. Gaining equality for women in the workplace, ending human trafficking and sexual abuse, and empowering young girls to become leaders are goals we should always be striving to reach. It’s going to take more than just one day of google doodles and hashtags for real change to happen.
International Women’s Day has been observed by the United Nations on March 8 since 1975, but the concept is much older. Born during the socialist movement in the early 1900’s, the day was created as part of the women’s voting rights movement. Over the years, International Women’s Day has grown to represent even more.
If you didn’t get a chance to read anything about IWD yesterday and wanted to, you’re in luck because I’ve pulled together a short list of articles below. Some call readers to action and others highlight the strides that have been made in gender equality over the years. They all share a common underlying theme, which also happens to be this year’s theme for the day: Inspiring Change.
1. 10 Reasons For Optimism This International Women’s Day– Moira Forbes, Forbes staff writer
Moira Forbes discusses 10 major strides that women have made in the last year, and says IWD can be a day for optimism and pride for women. It’s a day to reflect on the change that has already occurred. For example, there are more women in the technology field and in leadership positions in major corporations than ever before.
“As a nation, we tend to dwell on bleak statistics that highlight the pervasive gender gaps when it comes to leadership positions and salary. While progress remains painstakingly slow, the truth is that women are still achieving a tremendous amount of success and wielding influence across a diverse array of industries and fields. As we celebrate the 106th annual International Women’s Day this Saturday, March 8th, we have an opportunity to applaud some of these staggering accomplishments, successes, and triumphs—all a testament to the incredible progress women are making right now.”
2. 10 Things We Should Be Talking About On This International Women’s Day- Moira Forbes, Forbes writer
In her second article about International Women’s Day, Forbes reminds readers that gender inequality still exists, even if great strides have been made toward eliminating it.
“Instead of making grim generalizations about nebulous and negative disparities between men and women, let’s take advantage of this opportunity to pinpoint the specific places where there’s room for improvement this International Women’s Day.”
3. International Women’s Day 2014: What kind of world do YOU want to build– Tara Kelly and Lauren Said- Moorhouse, CNN
More like a conversation than an article, this CNN piece asked men and women what they hope the world looks like in the future. What would the world be like if there was no such thing as gender inequality?
“Though much progress has been made on the path to gender equality, more can still be done. So now, we’re asking you: “What kind of world do YOU want to build?” Tell us what you are doing and join the conversation by using #CNNwomen.”
4. Calling All Men: Gender Equality Isn’t Just a Female Cause– Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for Time.com
Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the U.N. Under-Secretary-General, writes that the fight for women’s equality isn’t just for women. This is a call for unity.
“These are your sisters, mothers, wives, partners, daughters, nieces, aunts, cousins and friends. They have hopes and beautiful dreams for themselves, their families, communities and the world. If many of their dreams were to come true, the world would be a much better place for all of humanity.”