Happy International Women’s Day from Mr. Pen!

Monday, March 8 is International Women’s Day! This international holiday has been celebrated for over a century, with a focus on uplifting women through philanthropy and collaboration. 

What an important day to mark in our calendars and celebrate together!

The History of International Women’s Day

The history of Women’s Day goes back more than a hundred years. On this day, we commemorate the suffragists who, way back in 1908, marched in New York City in support of equal rights for women. 

In the following years, the Conference of Working Women met in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss gender-based inequality throughout the world. In 1911, the conference declared that International Women’s Day would be celebrated in March. 

That year, International Women’s Day was recognized in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, and over a million people attended rallies and marches to advocate for things like fair wages, women’s suffrage, and an end to legal discrimination. 

In the past 110 years, there have been many changes in the circumstances that women around the world face. Countless countries now celebrate this important day as we continue to work towards equality and justice for all.

IWD’s 2021 Theme

Every year, IWD chooses a theme so that we can focus our attention on a specific need, goal, or idea. 

This year, the theme is: #ChooseToChallenge

The planners of IWD explain #ChooseToChallenge like this: “A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.” 

How to Get Involved

If you want to get involved in this year’s International Women’s Day, there are many ways you can do so! 

The official IWD Website includes numerous resources for getting involved, including: 

1) Attending or hosting IWD events

2) Planning IWD-themed activities

3) Create a #ChooseToChallenge video 

Executives, organizations, and companies can get involved, too! Executives and influencers can make supportive statements online, and you can also bring in talented women speakers to address your employees and volunteers. You can even support women-owned businesses through IWD’s list of vendors!  

How will you commemorate this important day?

International Women’s Day is an exciting movement that uplifts women and fosters an environment of equality and justice.

We hope you have a wonderful International Women’s Day, no matter how you choose to commemorate it! 

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