For those of you who don’t know, tomorrow is International Women’s Day! Need a history recap? The celebration was first recognized on February 28, 1909, in honor of a strike that took place in New York the previous year. Thousands of female garment workers protested against unfair working conditions – an action that was revolutionary for the time. Since then, International Women’s Day has evolved into a global celebration of gender equality and justice. Since The Well Appointed House is a female owned and operated business, we are very excited about the message behind this year’s IWD: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” Tomorrow, women globally are reminded that closing the wage gap, gaining more leadership positions, and attaining equal education for women are important goals that we all need to fight for. We are encouraged to celebrate each other, and to recognize the social, cultural, and political strides we have already made. The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won’t close entirely until the year 2186, but that’s too long! That’s why this year’s theme calls on all of us to #BeBoldForChange, taking steps to achieve a better, more gender-inclusive working world.
The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington have planned a special strike to coincide with tomorrow, called “A Day Without a Woman.”The goal is to highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies, while calling attention to the economic injustices women and gender nonconforming people continue to face. “We play an indispensable role in the daily functions of life in all of society, through paid & unpaid, seen & unseen labor.” How can you participate? Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
1. Wear RED — the color signifying revolutionary love and sacrifice — to show solidarity with A Day Without a Woman.
2. Only spend money at small, women- and minority-owned businesses for the day.
3. Women take the day off from paid and unpaid labor.
What will you do to celebrate International Women’s Day? Let us know in the comment section below!