International Women’s Day

Why do we need to continue to celebrate International women’s day?

The importance of celebrating International Women’s Day continues to gain momentum around the world because there’s still a significant difference between the rights of women and their male counterparts. For many women, the opportunity to have the right to basic education, to work and make choices about their future is determined by the political and moral norms of the societies in which they live.

Although in the western world women have far greater opportunities, many women still feel that they have to justify themselves, prove themselves and work harder to achieve the same end goal. We celebrate International Women’s Day to mark the sacrifices that the women of the suffragette movement made. The earliest Women’s Day observance, called “National Woman’s Day,” was held on February 28, 1909, in New York City, at the suggestion of activist Theresa Malkiel. Women demanded that they be given the right to vote and to hold public office.

Here in the UK on 21 November 1918 when the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 was passed, it allowed women to be elected into Parliament. In 1928: Women in England, Wales and Scotland received the vote on the same terms as men (over the age of 21) as a result of the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928.

Equality remains a taboo subject in many countries. Back in the early 1900s, the movement for political and economic change began. It is through raising awareness and identifying the disparities for all that we can hope to live in a world of equality. The opportunities available in many areas of work and education are often be determined by gender expectations.

To conclude, it is through celebrating International Women’s Day we can continue to challenge the stereotypical views held about the expectations society has of women, celebrate the advancements of equality as they occur and continue to unite women around the world. Until there comes a time that all people are treated equally based on their own merits, we need to be reminded of what has been achieved in terms of equality and what remains to be changed to ensure that we can achieve balance within societies across the world.

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