International Women’s Day
This month, we’re celebrating the incredible women in our lives while also reflecting on the history and significance of this historic day.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed annually since the early 1900s. It started as a way to honor the contributions and struggles of women in the labor movement, but it has grown into a global day of celebration and advocacy for equal rights for men and women.
Women making history
In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City to ask for better working conditions, pay, and the right to vote. This was the first International Women’s Day. As a result of this event, similar protests broke out in the U.S. and Europe. By 1911, the International Women’s Conference in Copenhagen had made March 8 an official holiday for women around the world.
Since then, International Women’s Day has been observed on March 8th all over the world. It’s a day to celebrate what women have done, bring attention to the ongoing fight for gender equality, and get people to take action to make the world a better place for all women.
We’ve come a long way, baby, but we’re just getting started!
This Jersey Girl believes it is critical to acknowledge that the fight for women’s rights is far from over. We’ve made some headway, but there’s still much more to be done. In the workplace, politics, and our daily lives, women continue to face discrimination and inequality. We need to include and help marginalized groups, especially sex workers and trans women, who are often discriminated against and left out even more.
Raising our voices into actions
That is why IWD is so important. It’s a day to rally and remember that we have the power to change things. We can use our voices to advocate for gender equality and support the women in our lives. We can also help by donating to organizations and causes that work to improve the lives of all women, including sex workers and trans women.
This month, let us honor the amazing women in our lives. We start by reflecting on the history and significance of International Women’s Day. Let us also commit to making the world a more just and equitable place. That means all women, including sex workers and transgender women.
Happy International Women’s Day!