So What Is International Women’s Day?

Inaugural post of Franklin Goose social media campaign designed to celebrate women and emphasize the United Nations’ 2015 theme Make It Happen. April 2015. Written under maiden name Emily Harris. (Original Link)


By Emily Harris

If you follow us on Instagram, you might have noticed this week there has been a lot of… purple. That’s because this Sunday, March 8, is International Women’s Day!

What’s International Women’s Day? Just one of the most amazing holidays ever! Throughout the world this Sunday people are going to be celebrating women and their achievements. How awesome is that?

Pretty awesome, indeed, if you know a little of the holiday’s history:

I stood up for my rights and I said I would speak up. I did not wait for someone else.

Malala Yousafzai

While not an official holiday in the United States, Women’s Day started right here in America! The very first Women’s Day was on February 28, 1909, during a time in which the world was progressing in industry. Women were finding it necessary to speak up for their rights. In fact, there was a lot going on at the beginning of the 20th century:

In America, tragedies like the Triangle Fire of New York City 1911—in which 140 working women died—drew the world’s attention to the need for reform in working conditions and labor legislations.

January-March 1912 saw the Bread and Roses Strike of Massachusetts: on February 24, women and children protesting were attacked by police and the state militia, which garnered national attention and support from public figures like First Lady Helen Taft.

And in 1917, as part of the February Revolution, Russian women organized and began to strike in response to the death of 2 million Russian soldiers in World War I. Tsar Nicholas II abdicated just 4 days later, and the Russian Provisional Government immediately granted the women of Russia the right to vote—three years before the 19th Amendment was ratified in America!

In the following years, Women’s Day has been celebrated internationally on March 8. With the support of the United Nations, taking a day to celebrate women and our achievements has become universal.

This year the United Nations theme for Women’s Day is Make It Happen:

Make it happen—there are still many ways in which we are not equal to men, and many places where women struggle for better education, health, and against violence.

Make it happen—in spite of all of this, women continue to achieve great things that benefit not just women but all people.

Just look at the history of Women’s Day! Women are mighty and we can do so much!

At the time when no one speaks, your voice gets so loud that everyone has to listen to it.

Everyone has to hear it.

Malala Yousafzai

This week on Instagram we have decided to #PaintItPurple by paying tribute to several women who inspire us. (Purple was one of the colors used by the early suffragettes and symbolizes justice and dignity.) And these are just a few! There are so many more women who have shaped us into who we are today!

So on Sunday, March 8, I hope you take the time to celebrate the women in your life. Whether you go out to dinner or give them a hug or just call your mom, I hope you show your appreciation and support to the women important to you.



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