“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” – Gloria Steinem, Feminist, Journalist and Social and Political Activist
Every year, on March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide. But what exactly is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is a global day honoring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The celebration has evolved over the course of a century and is now marked by an annual strike, entitled ‘A Day Without Women’, in which women are encouraged to take a day off work, avoid shopping, and to wear red in order to demonstrate the vital role women play in both the domestic and global economy.
How do I get involved?
There are three things you can do to get involved starting today:
- Head down to Piazza Santissima Annunziata at 6:00pm today to join Florence’s own ‘A Day Without Women’ March. The parade will arrive in Piazza Santo Spirito where a “feminist aperitivo” will conclude the day.
- Make a pledge to take action for gender parity at: www.internationalwomensday.com/BeBold
- Enjoy or even sport some yellow mimosa flowers to show your support
Happy International Women’s day!