By: Dalila Hashish, News Editor, The Pawprint
International Women’s Day is celebrated yearly on March 8, and it is a day where the world stops to appreciate the work that women do every day.
This movement has been around since the early 1900s, when over 15,000 women campaigned through the streets of New York City in 1908 to protest for equal rights for women, including shorter working hours, equal pay, and voting rights. This led to March 8, 1909 becoming the first ever Women’s Day in the United States. However, the first time Women’s Day was celebrated by the United Nations was in 1975, over 6p years after it was established.
The designated colors that represent Women’s Day were created in 1908 by Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK, and are purple, green, and white, with each color having it’s own meaning. Purple represents justice and dignity, green represents hope, and white represents purity. The fact that white represents purity has been the subject of some controversy, with some people saying that it conforms to misogynistic beliefs that women are meant to be pure and innocent, however, it is still an official Women’s Day color.
International Women’s Day is also not specific to a certain country or region, it is celebrated on the same day worldwide every year, and it belongs to women everywhere. In the last century, women have been able to do what was once thought impossible, earning more rights and respect every day.
Feminism is an ever growing phenomenon, with more and more people understanding what women have had to go through historically and recently, as well as the small ways that society is geared against them. Women are now seen in CEO positions, like Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of Youtube. They are in school, graduating as valedictorians, going to university, studying whatever they want to study, and going into the real world and putting it all into practice. The last century has seen immense progress for women’s rights, including voting rights, legalized divorce, higher and fairer income, as well as being allowed to have control of their own incomes.
While there are still many steps to take, today, women everywhere are more empowered than ever before, and that power will only increase over time.