INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WEEK
Celebrate International Women’s Week, the first week in March beginning on the first Saturday and surrounds International Women’s Day which is always March 8. According to the website Gender Champions, the week sprang from the day’s observance because there were so many events that it was difficult to attend them in one day.
It is a week of celebration, education, and awareness surrounding women’s and gender issues. Women’s Week focuses on five pillars: Building relationships, self-knowledge, sexual assault & interpersonal violence, healthy self-image, and leadership development. The United Nations marks the week with annual conferences on equality.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join a march or attend a women’s networking event. Donate your time or skills to your local women’s shelter. Become an advocate and speak up for gender diversity in the workplace. Follow on social media using #WomensWeek or IWW and follow on Facebook.
In 1908, the Socialist Party of American organized a day to protest women’s working conditions. To get an idea of how much this was needed read about the first all women’s strike in New Hampshire 80 years before.
The first National Woman’s Day (singular“woman”) was made official in the United States on February 28, 1909. It was later moved to March 8th and renamed International Women’s Day (plural form). Then, in the 1980s, International Women’s Day expanded to include a full week of activities during the first week of March including International Women’s Day.
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