March 8 is International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (IWD) is an annual event which occurs on March 8. It is a day is for celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women, past, present, and future. In China, Russia, Vietnam, and several other countries, IWD is a national holiday.
The IWD website, which contains assorted information categories, is worth exploring; there are tabs for various topics, including Events, Gender Initiatives, Resources and Creative (contains women’s artwork and stories).
Consider these facts:
- Of 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide, 70 percent are women
- 80 percent of the world’s 27 million refugees are women
- Women own around only 1 percent of the world’s land
- Women are 2/3 of the 1 billion+ illiterate adults who have no access to basic education
- Women comprise 21 of the 37 million people living below the poverty line in the US
- Only 21 percent of all news subjects (people interviewed or whom the news is about) are female
- Women do two-thirds of the world’s work but receive only 10 percent of the world’s income
Although women have made tremendous personal and professional progress since the first IWD in 1911, clearly there is room for further change. If anyone asks about the need for International Women’s Day (IWD), wondering what has yet to be achieved, you’ll want to share these facts.
-Paula Santonocito, Career Editor, SingleMindedWomen.com