International Women's Day Facts

For over 100 years, March 8 honors and celebrates International Women’s Day. While the purpose differs in different countries worldwide, the holiday is a powerful day to acknowledge and celebrate what we have accomplished and seen where we still need to go.

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the strides that we have made for women’s rights and gender equality. Still, it’s also a day to protest as our work is not yet done, especially in many other countries. It’s a day to stand together and work towards something more significant and brighter.

To prepare to celebrate and honor all of our strides as women, we wanted to share some facts about the big occasion.

1. International Women’s Day Was Born March 8th, 1908. On March 8th, 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City streets to demand higher pay, shorter hours, and the right to vote. Even though 1908 was indeed the start and origins of this monumental day, no one recognized it until three years later, and the UN didn’t even realize it as a holiday until 1975.

2. International Women’s Day is celebrated by many countries around the world. Women worldwide celebrate in Afghanistan, Cuba, Vietnam, Uganda, Mongolia, Georgia, Laos, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Cambodia, Montenegro, and Ukraine.

3. In 2011, President Obama declared the entire month of March would be “Women’s History Month” in the United States. This was to honor the centennial celebration of the first International Women’s Day event.

4. Out of all the top executive positions in the Fortune 500 companies, only 14% are held by women. In those 500 companies, only 24 women have the title of CEO.

5. Every Year International Women’s Day has a theme to celebrate. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge. This idea comes from challenging ourselves and others and making a choice to stand up for ourselves and others. We are responsible for our thoughts and actions, and we can choose to call out gender bias and inequality.

6. UNICEF approximates that 63 million young girls worldwide are not attending their school. Around 32 million are from secondary schools, and 31 million were missing out of their primary school.

7. Domestic violence is just one form of gender-based violence. It has become more costly than warfare. Currently, worldwide over 8 trillion dollars is spent on domestic violence cases.

8. Women make nearly 20% less than men, and at the current rate we are at, women will not have equal pay with men until 2059.

While women have come such a long way, our battle isn’t over until we have gender equality. Issues such as gender bias and inequality still exist, and women worldwide aren’t being educated to the levels of men.  While there is still much work left to be done, it’s a day to be proud of everything accomplished so far.

Women are strong, beautiful, and powerful, and we are better together!

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