Before I even begin, a very happy International Womens’ Day to all the beautiful women out there from the BDC Works community. Since today is such an important and progressive day, we thought we would bring you five facts (with a bit of history) that you need to know about #IWD18.
- Why do we celebrate it?
The day is largely aimed at inspiring, motivating, recognising and celebrating the achievements of women across the world. However, the origin and purpose of the day is to create awareness and motivation around the movements of creating gender parity, campaigning for women’s equality and creating a fair and equal nation.
- What is the theme of 2018?
This years theme is #pressforprogress. Although we know that gender parity won’t happen over night, women all over the world are making positive changes every single day. The idea of this theme is that we can’t give up on this movement and therefore now, more than ever, there is a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. As the website says: ‘There is a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive’.
- When did it all begin?
The first observance of a Women’s Day was actually held on February 28, 1909 in New York (over 100 years ago)! It first emerged from the activities of labour movements in North America and across Europe. Since then, it has become more and more recognised and has (obviously) become an international celebration worldwide. Some countries even make it a public holiday – amazing right?
- In 1910, a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the Womens Office for the Social Democratic Party In Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She suggested that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day to create awareness and motivate a movement. (Go Clara!).
- In 1917, the day was declared a national holiday in the Soviet Union and was celebrated mostly by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the United Nations in 1977. For a more detailed chronological timeline of how it all began, click here to read all about it on the United Nations website.
So, there you have it ladies (and gents), a brief fact sheet on #IWD. Join us tonight for our very own celebration for #InternationalWomensDay2018 at BDC Works inside the Business Design Centre. Three incredible and inspirational women speakers, lovely stalls and of course, free bubbles.
To find out more or buy tickets, click here.
Fun fact: The two highest IQ scores ever recorded in the world were both women (wooh!).
Happy Women’s Day ladies.