Every year, on March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. This day is meant to commemorate the achievements of women throughout history, realising how far along we have come and how through our actions, we have been able to change so many lives.
International Women’s Day was officially founded in 1975 after the United Nations started celebrating it, even though the idea had been present for long before that time. This idea was initially brought up by feminist and activist Calra Zetkin. When she introduced it, it had no fixed date. However, later it was decided to celebrate it on March 8th in remembrance of the time Russian women partook in a four-day strike demanding “bread and peace.” They were finally granted the right to vote. Also, on this day people wear purple, green, and white because they symbolise justice, dignity, hope, and purity, which are the values that this day stands for.
Even though women have come a long way from how life was before, this does not mean that we have completely resolved sexism. We are so lucky to have progressed this far, but many women still have to go through being treated differently to men. For instance, in multiple jobs, women are paid less than men, even at the exact same position. In Peru, women only earn 63% of men’s income. Moreover, many people still believe that women are not as capable as men to be in a powerful position. There is only a small number of countries that have women as presidents or any other important governing position. This is because they might have given women more freedom, but many’s view of them has not changed much, even after all these years. When most people think of a strong leader, they immediately picture a man, because until now that is what we see in the world. One example where this is shown is the USA, in which there are fewer women in leadership roles than men named John.
International Women’s Day is a reminder of how strong women have been for many years, and how there is no better time than now to take action. Still to this day we struggle with gender inequality, but on March 8th we take time to reflect on how we have evolved, and how much we still have left to fight for, because
Women’s Day is every day.
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