By HANNAH JONES
Grua, Dona, Frau, Kona, Bean, Donna, Mara, Mujer, Fenyw, Women. Around the world today, people everywhere are celebrating the power of women. Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated in efforts to build a more gender-balanced world.
What is that you ask? According to internationalwomensday.com, “Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage, … Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.” This website, pushes women, and men, around the world to do their part to support gender-balance by celebrating the achievements of women.
The first Women’s Day celebration was put together by the Socialist Party of America on February 28, 1909. In 1910, the Second International Socialist Women’s Conference that had 100 representatives from 17 different countries decided that it should be an annual holiday. Russia was the first country to make it a national holiday on March 8th every year and it has been celebrated ever since.
This years campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter to go along with the overall effort of the holiday. There are events across the Bay Area celebrating this holiday including Meditations, Documentary Screenings, Book Readings, Networking Events, Celebrations, Festivals and much more. To learn more about this holiday and ways you can celebrate it go to https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ . Make sure to take time out of your day to celebrate the achievements of women past, present and future. Happy International Women’s Day!