International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements and calls for gender equality. The day has been observed since the early 1900s and aims to bring together governments, women’s organisations and charities. This year’s theme, “Be Bold for Change,” encourages women to be leaders in the fight for gender parity: “Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.”
“Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.”
The leaders of the Women’s March are joining together in making March 8th A Day Without Women. The importance of this effort is to highlight the significance and power that women have throughout the world economy while still bringing attention to the fact that women are still not treated equal.
The past year has been about transition collectively as a nation and as women. Women face challenges every day, and choose to celebrate inspiring women who are overcoming obstacles and make impactful achievements that affect all of us in a positive ways. And so as we celebrate on March 8th, Walker’s Legacy would like to shed a spotlight some of the ways you can support this movement:
Those who would like to take part in a “A Day Without Women” are encouraged to:
- Take the day off from paid or unpaid labor
- Avoid shopping for one day (though they may make an exception for small, women or minority-owned businesses)
- Wear red—which, according to Tamika Mallory, a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, was picked because “it signifies love and sacrifice, and is the color of energy and action.”
- Rallies are scheduled all across the country Wednesday – from Washington, D.C to New York City
- Encourage male allies to use the day to call out decision-makers at the workplace and in the government to extend equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women.
Beyond International Women’s Day, women must be knowledgeable about the resources. After these protests, women must be able to advocate off the streets, too. They must be offered with fact sheets, contacting elected officials in their areas and providing tips for effective lobbying will go a long way to help engage women who can’t strike on March 8, but who still want to have their voices heard.