The world is joining the call for action on International Women’s Day! This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange, prompting a more inclusive world. Here’s what people are doing to get involved:
- They’re marching and protesting. All around the world people are rallying for the rights of women. Some are calling for an end to workplace violence and harassment, to promote pay equality, and to encourage diversity and inclusion of women.
- Everyone is wearing red. Organizers are urging men and women to wear red today in solidarity with women worldwide.
- People are reaching out. Some are calling senators and demanding support for women’s rights, others are looking for small forms of support and acknowledgment such as smiling at a fellow woman on the street.
- “Day Without a Woman”. This national strike movement aims to draw attention to inequities working women face compared to men, from wage disparity to harassment to job insecurity. Women are encouraged to avoid shopping for the day- unless they are spending money at businesses owned by minorities and women.
Every March, people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as they remember the fight for women’s rights. This year, the day comes during a controversial political environment, where protesters have turned out in force to voice disagreement with the new administration’s policies and President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially regarding women’s issues. Celebrities, politicians and the general population are voicing their thoughts on social media to spread awareness of today. This International Women’s Day lets honor the brave and brilliant women whose lives and accomplishments have inspired the globe to reach higher, work harder, and dare to do the impossible!