Why We Celebrate International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day. It is a day for us to celebrate all the achievements of women across the world - all the monumental contributions they’ve made to social, economic, cultural and political advancements.

WHY WE CELEBRATE WOMEN TODAY

♀ In 1908, over 15,000 women marched in NYC demanding better pay, shorter hours and voting rights. 

 In 1908, National Women’s Day was observed for the first time across the US. 

 In 1913, it was agreed to be International Women’s day moving forward. 

 In 1920, white women were given the right to vote. 

♀ In 1924, Native women were given the right to vote. 

♀ In 1954, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white person.

 In 1965, Voting Rights Act was passed, allowing women of color to vote. 

♀ In 1974, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 was passed which allowed women to get credit cards in their name (thank you RBG). 

 In 2020, Kamala Harris became the first woman and woman of color Vice President.

♀ In 2021, women who work full-time and year-round are paid 82 cent for every dollar that a man makes, with that gap widening even more for women of color. 

Today is a day to honor the women that paved the road for which we stand, the strong women in our lives, and continue to fight for gender equality.

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