It’s Wednesday, March 8th, which might not mean anything to you, but growing up in my household March 8th was always celebrated, because it was International Women’s day. Every 8th of March my mom made sure to inform me of the date and explain to me why we celebrate it. The definition if you’d like to call it that from International Women’s Day website states that “International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women”.
I thought I would share some stories, quotes & videos from women and men who will be celebrating International Women’s Day today.
“International Women’s Day is so important, especially during times like these where we need a reminder to stop and reflect on how far we’ve come…and far we still have to go.”
-Dawn Laing (Director of Marketing at Notion, Nuvango & GelaSkins)
“I’m not sure I could put into words exactly how I feel about the fact that we’re still fighting for women’s rights in 2017. If I could it would probably be one long scream. Honestly, I have so many thoughts I could write an entire essay, but I think the photos from the Women’s March say all of our feelings best. That experience of marching with so many women and men and children…that will stay with me & keep me fighting. To celebrate this year I’ll be wearing my “power to the girls” H&M sweatshirt, watching Lilly Singhs newest #GirlLove video and complimenting every woman I runt into. We can all use more #GirlLove.”
-Emma Berglund (Breakfast enthusiast & Unit Administrator at Etalk)
Watch Captain Nevin Darwish from Egypt and First Officer Alia Al Muhairi from the UAE fly the iconic Emirates Airbus A380 from Dubai to Vienna for International Women’s Day. Captain Darwish is the first woman of Arab origin to have captained the Airbus A380. First Officer Al Muhairi, a UAE national, is currently the youngest Emirati female pilot operating the Emirates A380 aircraft.
“As an aspiring business women, I care about equal pay for equal work and the ratio of women in the C-suites, but taking a step back, – what good is caring about that, if girls in grade school are giving up on their dreams because people or systematic pressures are telling them they can’t do it or they won’t make it. So that’s why International Women’s Day is so important to me; every year it bench marks the successes we’ve achieved as women in empowering one another and ourselves, but it also shows how much further we have to go.”
-Cherise Naidu (Finance Student, Accenture Intern & Founder of AbovetheHeel.com)
“In our house International Women’s Day is about equality, especially since my husband Sadko is born on March 8th, so he celebrates us and we celebrate him on that day! Every day should be International Women’s Day! The fact is that we have to celebrate it in this way is saying a lot about women’s under privileged position in society.”
-Jelica Jovin (Artist)
“The deepest change begins with men raising children as much as women do and women being equal actors in the world outside the home. There are many ways of supporting that, from something as simple as paid sick leave and flexible work hours to attributing an economic value to all caregiving and making that amount tax deductible.”
–Gloria Steinem (Writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer)
Microsoft shared this video for IWD in 2016, enjoy! Watch what they shared for 2017 here.
“We are important because we contribute to this society as much as anyone else on this planet and honestly sometimes even more but yet, this seems to always be overlooked by not only men but women too. We must celebrate our accomplishments and come together to keep creating a brighter future for those who are the future.”
-Angeline Pizolinas (Interior Design Student)
…International Women’s Day is important to me, as a man and as a feminist, because I believe equality and social justice are the basis of a fair world. […] It begins with little things, with words of inclusivity […] by teaching consent with trying to understand what it might be like for a woman afraid of crossing the road or that stranger in the darkness. It begins with empathy. It begins with a courage to admit your own infallibility. It begins with embracing your own felinity and masculinity. It begins with love, for all human beings, including yourself.”
-Abhijeet Manay (Learning & Development Officer, Reena, Non-Profit)
“Women’s Day is important to me because it lets me take the day to appreciate all of the advances that we have done to advance our positions in society meanwhile respecting all the different roles assumed nowadays. Whether you are a stay at home mom, a student or working full-time and career driven, women must continue to empower one another to persist against all personal and external struggles. As a woman, we are expected to be mothers and wives and support and give meanwhile balancing social and work life. For this woman are exceptional beings since we are able to nurture so many different aspects of our lives at the same time. And as such, this day is important to appreciate all the things we do as women and all the struggles we have overcome and continue to overcome.”
-Aleksandra Orbovic (Student at Schulich, Founder of Sprouts Raw Organics)
“For me, international women’s day is a time to reflect on the accomplishments of women throughout history and to recognize the wonderful women and female role models in my life today. To celebrate this year, I will be co-organizing a breakfast event for the Women in Electrical Engineering association at Stanford University.”
– Ana Klimovic (PhD student in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University)
Personally, I celebrate it because I am so proud of the badass women in my life and around the world. For all the women who are kicking butt in an industry that’s male-dominated, for the women who are standing up & fighting for their rights, for the women who are adding cracks to the glass ceiling.
Hope you learned something new about International Women’s Day today! I also hope that you’ll join the movement and celebrate every March 8th. I’d like to thank everyone who sent me their stories & quotes! ❤
For more history on the celebration of International Women’s Day check out the timeline here.
For more information on why equality matters check out the government of Canada’s page.
To learn more about Gender Equality and see some great ‘myth buster’ images click here.