INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
March 8th was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations as International Women’s Day. Not all countries recognize or commemorate it, but in some countries it’s a public holiday. It’s a day to celebrate women and at times in certain countries, it’s an occasion for protest and demonstration for everything from women’s rights to ending hunger and poverty. In 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed March as Women’s History Month, calling on everyone to reflect on “the extraordinary accomplishments of women” in shaping our country’s history. Barack Obama, a supporter of women as equals for sure. Boy, do I miss that man.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is: ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.’ It focuses on innovative ways to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women. Another theme is #balanceforbettter, not only celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women; it is a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Right now, more women are running for political office than ever, breaking records in what’s become known as the “pink wave” of US politics. More women won in the 2018 midterms and it’s already showing in the policies that are being brought forth by the Democratic Party. Still, women only represent 19.1% of the House and 22% of the Senate. We need to change that.
Let’s join the pink wave in any way we can and ride it all the way to a blue tsunami in 2020. Women united; push forward. Save the future. @blueravenartist @blueraventees