International Women’s Day (IWD) has been going for nearly 100 years. Although we may feel that awareness for women’s issues is growing, there’s also strong evidence of just how far we still have to go to achieve gender parity. If you were wondering whether it mattered whether to participate or not, then data from a study by McKinsey “Promoting Gender Equality in the Workplace” may well inspire you. Bottom line - women lag behind men by 15% to 25% in most gender-equal societies yet account for half of the global labor supply and 70% of the global consumption demand.
This year on Wednesday 8th March, there are several ways to get involved with International Women’s Day; locally, globally or personally and anywhere you choose along the political spectrum. We’ve put together some resources to help you create your own formula for the day:
- Learn - at the International Women’s Day official website: https://www.internationalwomensday.com. Their hashtag is #BeBoldForChange, in support of creating a better, more inclusive, gender equal world.
- Strike – The ‘Day Without Women’ general strike is set for March 8th. This is a political event where the call out is for women across the United States to take the day off from their work, avoid shopping for one day (excepting women owned businesses), and to wear red as a sign of solidarity.
- Gather – the Women’s March of San Jose is holding a lunchtime rally at City Call. More event details: https://www.womensmarchsj.org/a-day-without-a-woman
- Donate – make a donation to your favorite non-profit that benefits women – perhaps your local shelter, or to an organization that benefits girls and women.
- Meditate – there’s a call for 15 minutes of silence at 12.00 noon. This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the women who have made your life better, and to think about your own experiences.
We’d love to hear how you observed International Women’s Day, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.