I woke up this morning and scrolled my facebook feed… Apparently today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day.
So, I walk outside and proudly announce to my mom, “It’s International Women’s Day!”
Mom, “Cool. What’s that?”
Me, “Well…. I don’t really know, but I’m a woman so I felt the need to share.”
To be honest, I am not a news buff. I’m really not a history buff either. Most of what I read lately comes from social media. But, I want to pay more attention. I am so passionate about women. I’m passionate about their stories. I’m intrigued by their strength. I’m inspired by their ability to succeed in the face of adversity. I decided to do some research.
Funny you should ask….
The day it all began: February 28th, 1908.
So, basically, 109 years ago, a large group of diverse women rallied together and marched in New York City with 3 common goals in mind: Reduction in Working Hours, Better Pay, and the Right to Vote.
Celebration of International Women’s Day was officially designated to March 8th in 1914, and has remained that way ever since. IWD is celebrated across the Globe and in many countries is observed as a National Holiday. In other’s it is not deemed a National/Public Holiday, but is observed and respected by it’s communities.
Can you imagine the courage it took for the women who came before us? The amount of perseverance and resolve to acknowledge our worth, acknowledge that we deserved better, and then to act accordingly, together?
And here we are, doing it again.
If you’re living under a rock, maybe you haven’t heard. Women are rising up and making their voices heard… loud and clear. The day Donald Trump became president, on January 21st of this year, Women and their supporters rallied together, and made history.
Today, on International Woman’s Day, Women’s March is promoting “A Day Without a Woman.” They have asked women to unite in 3 ways: Wear Red, Avoid spending any money, and refrain from doing any paid or unpaid labor. The goals of women uniting in this fashion is to demonstrate the value of the woman and our contributions to society. You can learn more facts about this movement here: https://www.womensmarch.com/march-8th-faq/
Although the Inauguration of Trump created an opportunity for Women’s March to take a bold stand, it is not the end. Women’s March Global is dedicated to stay the course and fight for equality.
So, this sounds all fine and dandy, but when it comes to the overall movement, what exactly are we uniting for? Seems if I’m going to support a movement, I should know exactly what it is that I’m supporting, right?
- Ending Violence: Women should be free from all forms of violence against their bodies. Police brutality. Gender and Racial Profiling. The criminal justice system should be held accountable.
- Reproductive Rights: Women should have the freedom to choose and accessibility to services related to reproduction
- LGBTQIA Rights: Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Queer, Trans or gender non-conforming humans should have equal rights
- Workers Rights: Women should have equal pay, and access to resources such as affordable daycare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. Also, ALL workers should have access to a living minimum wage.
- Civil Rights: Pushing for an all inclusive equal rights amendment to the US Constitution related to the belief that Civil Rights are our birthright. These include voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability.
- Disability Rights: All issues faced by women do not exclude women with disability or Deaf women. Therefore, it is the belief that to be all inclusive, we need to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world.
- Immigrant Rights: Immigrants and Refugees should have rights regardless of which country they originated from.
- Environmental Justice: Public Safety and Health should be a priority, and that ALL people in our Nation have the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands.
This is just a brief synopsis, and you can find more in depth descriptions here: https://www.womensmarch.com/principles
One thing that I find extremely interesting when reading through the guiding principals of this movement is that this is not a “Women’s Only” movement. This is a call to action to humans across the country, and the globe, to shed light on Human Rights. Women are Human. Immigrants are Human. Lesbians and Gays and Trans, and Bi Individuals are Human. Individuals with Disabilities are Human. Every person, regardless of race, is Human. We are ALL HUMAN.
Women are banding together for a MUTUAL cause. A MUTUAL desire for ALL HUMANS, which includes women, to experience equality, inclusiveness, and safety. And I think when people stop getting so damn defensive and only read the headlines they will realize that this is a fight worth getting behind.
I challenge you, not just women, but those of all genders, all races, from all areas to learn more. To become active in asserting a better place for our peers and children.
You can visit their site for detailed information about their Mission, Calls to Action, and How you can become involved. https://www.womensmarch.com/
If this post has been as informative to you, as it has to me while writing it than I think I’ve succeeded.
P.S. I’m wearing RED today.
One Flawsome Momma