~ March 8th ~
International Women’s Day!
I have to repeat my sentiment from 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016!
Of course, I may be slightly prejudiced but I think every day should be women’s day and the fact that there is still an issue of women’s rights rankles me, but I certainly support anything that brings attention to work that needs to be done.
The 2017 Theme is: #BeBoldforChange
“Call on the masses or call on yourself to help to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive, gender world.”
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.
And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133 and in 2016 the prediction is 2186!
Why the Color Purple??
From 1908, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the color scheme of purple, white and green to symbolize the plight of the Suffragettes. Purple symbolized justice and dignity – two values strongly associated with women’s equality. The three colors were used for banners, flags, rosettes and badges to show solidarity.
From the International Women’s Day site:
“Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women’s equality.
Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant to global and local gender issues.”
Whether you are participating in any of the world wide activities or not, surely there’s time for a special nod of gratitude and acknowledgement of the women in your life?
(All International Women’s Day Graphics Courtesy IWD website.)