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March 8: International Women’s Day

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(WAVY) – Sunday marks “International Women’s Day,” so pay a little extra love and attention to the ladies in your life.

International Women’s Day is celebrated in countries all around the world each year on March 8.

This year’s theme is “Each for Equal.”

The International Women’s Organization says the message is simple, each and every one of us can chose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions and celebrate women’s achievements.

By doing all that you are helping to create a gender equal world.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated for more than a century. The first International Women’s gathering took place in 1911.

According to the National Day Calendar, only .2 percent of the United States Congress consisted of women just over 100 years ago.

Fast forward to the year 2020 and women hold 23.7 percent of the U.S. Congressional seats. There’s still a long way to go.

To observe International Women’s Day, you can:

  • Attend a lecture, seminar or festival
  • Organize an event 
  • Speak or perform at a local fundraiser
  • Participate in a march for women’s equal rights
  • Learn about the women who paved the way for many of the rights and freedoms we have today
  • Become involved in your local, state or national political system
  • Invite others to join you, including other women, sons, brothers, sisters, and daughters
  • Share your job skills at a local career fair
  • Celebrate all month long. It’s also National Women’s History Month.

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