International Women’s Month: Celebrating women’s accomplishments.


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People stand together in honor of International Women’s Month.

The month of March is celebrated as International Women’s Month (IWD). 

IWD is about women’s equality in all forms such as fighting for women’s rights, celebrating women’s success and even having festive gatherings. 

The global holiday for IWD is March 8, and that day is celebrated as a women’s rights movement that brings attention to gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence/abuse against women.

In 1910, 100 delegates that represented 17 countries had agreed with the idea to promote equal rights. 

In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”

The following year, the first IWA was marked by over millions of people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. 

There are many events held to celebrate women’s rights such as watching films or documentaries about rights, reading a book or listening to a podcast about women’s rights, or listening to TED talks from women leaders. 

This year, the IWD’s #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world to discuss “Why equal opportunities aren’t enough.” 

Some fun and interesting facts about this holiday are that purple is the color of the holiday, high heels were not originally made for women, the first computer programmer was a woman, the number of women is higher in Russia, and in the United States, there are 1.6 million female veterans. 

For me, international women’s month is very important because it focuses on the accomplishments of women all over the world from the past and present. 

We get to celebrate the women who have helped build this country and who are also serving in our military.