International Women’s Day has stood as a strong marker for the resilience and strength of womanhood. This past Sunday, the world celebrated by honouring all women around the world and everything they have accomplished. It is a day of unity and reflection for all of us.
This celebration for Women started in 1909 when the Socialist Party of America organised a protest and 15,000 women came together to fight back against low pay, long work hours, and no voting rights. On the 8th of March 1913, Russia recognised this day as a holiday when women held a public demonstration in St Petersburg and demanded better treatment and the right to vote.
Since then, the 8th of March has grown and evolved to become a focal point in the movement for women’s rights and continuously changed society’s outlook on women’s equality and emancipation.
Women everywhere have overcome so many obstacles, learned to survive, and mature over the years. There are now more women in boardrooms as decision-makers, women who are working mothers, female astronauts, female prime ministers, and many other women who hold impressive roles. Breaking glass ceilings and finding the courage to speak up when others expect us to remain silent. This is the reason why Women's Day is so important to celebrate - so that we can continue to empower and inspire each other to keep moving forward and achieve our dreams without being discriminated against.
Even though there is still plenty of progress to be made, as women, we need to keep using our voice, and be a voice for those who are unable to use theirs, be a voice for our future generations, and make the world better for each other one step at a time. Celebrate each other, our strengths and all our achievements no matter how big or small.
Happy International Women's Day!