March 8th marks one of the most important days for Women at the Center: International Women’s Day. Given this year’s unsteady political climate, women had a lot to talk about – much more than usual. Here are some highlights of the day:
Be Bold for Change
Bold they were. Women upheld this year’s theme for International Women’s Day across the world through strikes, rallies, protests and more. In the United States, International Women’s Day shared March 8 with “A Day Without a Woman,” a women’s strike organized by the Women’s March. Many women chose to participate by striking from all labor, both paid and unpaid, while others chose to boycott stores or protest to make their statement. Many people wore red to show their support for women. While “A Day Without a Woman” had a lower turnout rate than the Women’s March, the day still garnered support and attention across the world.
The Girl of Wall Street
International Women’s Day was celebrated on Wall Street this year, a sector of the economy known to be incredibly male-dominated. State Street Global Advisors challenged the underrepresentation of women on company boards by putting up a statue of a little girl challenging Wall Street’s iconic bull statue.
Britain Funds Women-Led Change
On International Women’s Day, Britain’s Department for International Development released this video:
The women featured have all changed the world thanks to their humanitarian efforts and U.K. aid.
India Protests Violence Against Women
The One Billion Rising campaign, a mass action to end violence against women, held a march in New Delhi, India on International Women’s Day. This is the most recent of many efforts in India to end violence against women and find justice for those who have been harmed.
Iceland Wins the Race for Equal Pay
Iceland picked the perfect day to make the perfect announcement. They pledged to be the first country to make proof of equal pay a requirement for all companies. This move will help Iceland with their goal to eliminate their gender gap by 2022.