International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

Gabrielle Harris, Editor-in-Chief

March 8th is International Women’s Day.

 

More and more women all over the world are raising their voices on issues dealing with women’s rights. The world has without a doubt come a long way when it comes to women’s rights and gender equality. But, with every step forward there are still, unfortunately, where the world has not progressed. Tragedies such as the kidnapped school girls in Nigeria or the social injustice Saudi Arabian women being denied the right to drive a car are just a few examples.But overall, in the past twenty years especially, rights for women all around the world are steadily increasing. And the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is to “make it happen”. Make it happen encourages women to celebrate their achievements and a call for greater equality.

 

Across the globe many positive steps are finally being taken in order to destroy the line of inequality and injustice. In Indonesia, women can now press charges against their husbands for beating them, and in Costa Rica women can press charges against rapists and those rapists cannot evade prosecution by wedding these women. Progress has also been made in education where there has been an almost equal rate of boys and girls enrolling in primary schools world wide. However, the gender gap for secondary schools is still very much widened.

 

Female political leadership, one of the most important steps towards equality, has seen the number of women serving in legislatures double. Some companies and organizations still have problems with women being in charge of their businesses. UKIP, a political party in the United Kingdom, has a statistic illustrating how they have more men employed with the name Steven or David then they have women employed.

 

Besides changing living and working conditions for females, International Women’s Day helps women and young girls feel more empowered as individuals. The day celebrates all women, whether trans, women of color, other ethnicities, any women that is in any way different. IWD is a day to encourage those to preach self love and to fall in love with the skin they’re in. Women’s Day shows how being a women does not mean that fellow women see each other as competitors, but as sisters. Boosting up one another’s self esteems as opposed to ripping it to shreds is what International Women’s Day displays to women from all around.

 

“It showcases the achievements that women have made in history all around the world. It makes me feel extremely empowered. I believe International Women’s Day proves something in this country [and the world] that women have come a long way from the way things used to be. As a woman, I feel proud of all my sisters in this world that we have created such a day to recognize us all in an entirety,” Hope Thomas, senior, said.

 

Celebrities took the right step forward and represented to their millions of followers why International Women’s Day needs to be talked about and what makes it so important. Taylor Swift tweeted, “We are at our best when we cheer each other on and build each other up. Happy International Women’s Day.” Earning up to 21K retweets from her followers that agree with her.

International Women’s Day is a day to commend women for their countless accomplishments and to take a giant step further for equality.