Today marks International Women's Day, a day-long celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The day has been observed, worldwide, since the early 1900s. We've come so far! But… in a lot of ways, the more things change, the more they've stayed the same. (See Happy International Women's Day.)
The overarching goal is to achieve full gender equality for women across the globe, but the fact remains that a lot of International Women's Days stand between us and actually achieving that goal -- 169, in fact, as the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186.
This year's political climate, along with a number of setbacks women have experienced in the workplace and beyond, have drawn more attention to International Women's Day in the US where it hasn't traditionally been celebrated as much as the rest of the world. (See Uber's HR Nightmare: Company Investigates Sexual Harassment Claims, Is Magic Leap a Mirage of Misogyny & Deceit? and WiCipedia: Uber's Catalyst for Change & Trump Signs STEM Bills.)
What's more, organizers of this year's historic Women's March also declared today, "A Day Without a Woman," calling on women to stay home from work today and abstain from shopping or supporting any non-female and minority-owned businesses. The movement gained so much traction that some school districts canceled school today in anticipation of absent teachers.
This year's Women's Day theme is "be bold for change," and organizers are calling on everyone, both women and men, to "help forge a better working world -- a more gender inclusive world" and to accelerate the closing of the gender gap.
There will be unique demonstrations, protests, celebrations and special events across the globe. The Women in Comms team is in the office today (though wearing red, of course), but we want to know: how are you being bold for change today? How are you celebrating International Women's Day, and, more importantly, what do you plan to do to keep the momentum going year round?
— Sarah Thomas, , Director, Women in Comms