International Women's Day
Posted on March 5, 2022.
International Women’s Day was founded at the beginning of the 20th century as a response to the growing feminist movement. The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on the last Sunday of February and would continue to be celebrated then until 1913.
A conference was held, chaired by the leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ from Germany who put forward the idea that the day should be celebrated worldwide and would be a way to mark women’s achievements and the progress of their movement as well as press governing bodies for their demands.
In 1911, the day was celebrated across the world and a number of countries organised rallies and campaigned for equality, including women’s rights to work, vote and to demand legislation that would end discrimination. Less than a week later, a tragic fire took the lives of 140 working women and the events of the day brought the publics attention to the working conditions many women were faced with.
In 1913, it was agreed international women’s day would be celebrated on March the 8th going forward. On this day in 1914, Sylvia Pankhurst, one of the more famous feminist icons, was arrested in front of Charing Cross station on her way to speak at a rally.
For many years, women continued to celebrate and campaign on the 8th march, and this continues to this day. Nowadays, though we’re closer to equality than ever, there is still so much work to be done in order for true equality to be achieved. Statistics show that at the current rate, it’s likely that no one born in the next 100 years will see pay equity between men and women. As well as that, women are still under represented in major areas such as business and politics, and globally, women’s health and education is considerably worse than men’s.
International Women’s Day is a reminder of work to be done, the continuing efforts of women around the world to have their voices heard, and an opportunity to celebrate the progress that has been made over the past 100 years.
This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is “Break The Bias”, a campaign that’s tag line encourages people to campaign for a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, a world where difference is valued and celebrated. This starts within communities, breaking the bias in workplaces, schools, colleges and other areas where women are present and often under represented.
At Global Guardians, we have a predominantly female team, so International Women’s Day is something important to us. We want to ensure our workplace is inclusive and progressive, and in order to do that, we want to make sure everyone in the team feels equally represented and aware that they have a voice within their workplace in order to break the bias.
This international Women’s day we’d like to focus on amplifying peoples voices and talk about the women who represent the underrepresented, whether that’s in literature, business, politics or Guardianship.