International Women’s Day 2019 is Friday, March 8, 2019.
International Women’s Day is Huge Around the World
Everywhere around the world (but the United States, it seems), International Women’s Day is a day to recognize all the women in your life. It’s something of a combination of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, but includes family, friends, and work associates.
It is traditional for men to call the women in their life and give roses. (Most floral roses in the United States come from Colombia. Yay!). If the women in your life don’t at least get a call, you are likely to get in a little trouble. So guys don’t forget tu abuela (your grandmother), tu suegra (your mother-in-law), and tu hija (your daughter).
It has long mystified me why we women of the world don’t just put our foot down and say enough of this testosterone-fueled stupidity. Many traditions are patriarchal, but we have power to change because we raise the children and do other important things in life.
At least as far back as 411 BCE in classical Athens, Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata alluded to the power we have to end war and other bad ideas. Let’s use it.
The world’s first Women’s Day celebration was held in New York City in 1909. It was picked up by labor movements and rippled around the world. The United Nations began helping to popularize the event in 1977. Now it’s a cultural thing.
International Women’s Day 2018
International Women’s Day 2018 is Thursday, March 8, 2018. The International Women’s Day 2018 theme is “PressforProgress,” a call to action to create a more gender-inclusive world.
It’s the #MeToo #TimesUp era. Nobody can save us but ourselves. More than anything, we need young women of color to step up and enter politics. The group of old white men who run the country today are screwing us over.
¡Basta ya! Enough already. Stand up and be counted. Be who you really are.
International Women’s Day 2017
The 2017 theme “Be Bold For Change,” calls for purposeful collaboration to create a more gender-inclusive world.
PURPOSEFUL COLLABORATION is the key phrase here. It’s easy to protest and tear things down, but hard to create institutional change.
Find out more about what you can do at InternationalWomensDay.com
As the glue that holds families and communities together, we women have greater collaborative potential than men. No offense guys. Our brains are wired for collaboration. It is just more natural to us.
The festive Jewish holiday Purim is the day after International Women’s Day this year. Purim celebrates the biblical story of Esther, the Queen of Persia who saved her people from genocide by having the courage and wisdom to speak with her husband in a way he could understand, even though she was stepping out of her place. She didn’t just rage at him. She prepared herself spiritually and emotionally first. She got the job done.
In the same spirit, our country and the world need our wisdom, energy, and courage more than ever.
The entire world was surprised by the energy of the Women’s March on Washington last January 21. Over 1 million women marched on Washington D.C., and over 5 million women participated worldwide.
The Women’s March is working on turning our energy into positive action. You can find out more about what your sisters are doing at WomensMarch.com
A Day Without A Woman
There are calls to make the next International Women’s Day, “A Day Without A Woman.”
The Women’s March is asking women to take the day off from work and home, avoid shopping (except at small women- and minority-owned businesses), and wear red.
It’s true that if we just stopped contributing, the world would stumble. It would be like losing one leg in mid-stride.
That only works if many of us participate. It’s not a bad idea, but we encourage you to get permission from work before just taking a day off.
In the spirit of PURPOSEFUL COLLABORATION, don’t just take the day off alone. Let’s not let this be only a day of complaint. It’s a day to start working together at another level. We have to show the way.
You can find out more about how women can show our importance to society at WomensMarch.com/womensday
If you are holding an event in New York City for International Women’s Day, inspire us.
United we stand, divided we fall.