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Anticipating International Women’s Day: Rhetoric Leads to Action

>”The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts for all who care about human rights”- Gloria Steinem

Saturday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. This day is intended for both men and women to celebrate and acknowledge the many achievements made towards gender equality around the world. The day first came to be during the socialist movement and since its birth, International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide, in developing and developed countries alike. Leading up to the day many people have been contributing in the discourse around gender issues. Around the world, local activity will connect women from all backgrounds through political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events. This day an important one to celebrate because of the significant changes in patriarchy and societal shifts towards gender equality. However, March 8 is also a day to reflect on the many improvements that need to be made in order to achieve true equality. Geri Stengel recently shared how you can empower change on international women’s day. She writes, “unlike 100 years ago, women now have tools that raise awareness and support for the initiatives they care about: the Internet, social media, and crowdfunding”. By contributing in the conversation, you are helping create change. On March 8, use your voice to chime in the decisions around empowering women as rhetoric often leads to action.

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