March 8 will be a day filled with love, respect, and political movements in celebration of International Women’s Day. Formally titled International Women’s Working Day, this day was started as a day dedicated to celebrating women’s political, economic, and social accomplishments. This day is globally recognized and has different focuses in different regions. Some countries celebrate this day as a day of love and appreciation for women (yay, GIRLS!), similar to Valentine’s Day while other countries use this day as a significant political and social movement to bring to light the struggles that women go through in the working, political, social realm (GIRL POWER!).
The earliest celebration for International Women’s Day took place in New York in 1909, when 15,000 women gathered to honor the 1908 garment workers strike, where women protested for better pay and shorter working hours. In 1975, after years of years of global women’s rights protests, meetings and conferences, the official International Women’s Day was established on March 8 by the United Nations.
This year in 2017, the official United Nations theme for International Women’s Day is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. This year’s trend is to #BeBoldForChange and to empower the world to demand a better working world with gender equality.