Yesterday was International Women’s Day
“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 it?
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 was it celebrated?
In more than 50 countries and over 400 cities worldwide, people celebrated International Women’s Day by going on strike and/or demonstrating.
In New York City, hundreds of people jammed into Washington Square for a woman’s march, and 10 of its organizers were arrested there for blocking traffic. The municipal court in Providence, Rhode Island shut down because seven of the clerks and a deputy court administrator stayed home from work. Many schools around the city also closed for the day because so many teachers stayed home.
In Poland, tens of thousands of women held protests around the country. Women protested under a symbolic ‘glass ceiling’ in Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia, to represent the invisible barriers limiting women from advancing in their careers. In India, the Prime Minister presided over a celebration of women who had worked hard to secure toilet facilities for their families; an amenity still critically lacking in many parts of the country.
You may have seen people wearing some yellow mimosa flowers throughout the day to show support. Then, in the evening Florence was ablaze with feminist spirit for the ‘A Day Without Women’ march. Take a look at some photos from the march taken by NYU Florence student Kira Boden-Gologorsky.
Happy International Women’s day!