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Celebrating International Women's Day

By Charlotte Robinson, March 08, 2024

International Women's Day (IWD) celebrated on March 8th was originally called International Working Women's Day. The earliest Women’s Day observance in the USA was held on February 28th 1909 in New York in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Every year there’s a theme & this year it’s “Inspire Inclusion”. We must inspire others to understand & value women's inclusion in order to create a better world. The International Women's Day campaign theme Inspire Inclusion embraces the importance of diversity & empowerment in all aspects of our society. It calls for action to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes & create environments where all women are valued & respected. Inspire Inclusion encourages everyone to recognize the unique perspectives & contributions of women from all walks of life including those from marginalized communities especially our LGBTQ community. One of the key pillars of Inspire Inclusion is the promotion of diversity in leadership & decision-making positions. Women especially those belonging to underrepresented groups continue to face barriers when seeking leadership roles. By championing inclusion organizations & communities can harness the full potential of diverse perspectives leading to better decision-making & innovation. Gloria Steinem stated, "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." For starters in this country let’s take the challenge & pass the Equality Act so women would finally receive equal pay & stop this insanity of women making 77 cents on a dollar & women of color make 67 cents. It up to us to demand equality for all.

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