International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Sriya Pallapothu, Hot Topics

This past Tuesday, March 8, was International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global holiday that celebrates the achievements of women and their fight for gender equality. International Women’s Day is an integral part of the women’s rights movement and acknowledges many of the hardships faced by women. 

The first International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 19, 1911. It was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. The first International Women’s Day was marked by rallies fighting for women’s rights to work, vote, and hold public office. Since then, many subsequent International Women’s Days have also drawn attention to women’s rights and freedoms. The symbol for International Women’s Day is a circle with a line, cross, and arrow running through it. The official colors of International Women’s Day are purple, green, and white. Purple represents justice and dignity, green represents hope, and white represents purity. 

The goal of International Women’s Day is to help foster a more inclusive world in which everyone is treated equally. Each year there is a different theme for International Women’s Day, and the theme for 2022 was #BreakTheBias. This theme acknowledges that not only does bias against women exist, but it also prevents them from reaching their full potential. The #BreakTheBias theme encourages women to speak out against discrimination and gender stereotypes in their community. Only by speaking out will women be able to fully break the bias. To show their support for this year’s theme, many people have posted pictures of themselves on social media with their arms crossed in an ‘x’ shape. This is a representation of “breaking” the bias and calling attention to discrimination against women. 

In some countries, International Women’s Day is an official holiday and is almost like the equivalent of Mother’s Day. Women are honored and given small gifts, such as flowers, from loved ones. Although International Women’s Day is not an official holiday in the U.S, it is still an important day that encourages us to make a difference in the world by speaking out against injustice and inequality. 


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