“Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained, ‘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’” (“International Women’s Day”)
Traditionally, women were viewed as domestic beings.
Their role was in the house; here they cleaned, raised children, cooked, and catered to the husband.
With the men and husbands being the sole breadwinners, women were restricted to menial labor.
As a result, education was not provided for women because it was not needed.
Women did not receive higher education because it was decided that you did not need it to raise a family.
Without education or being a member of the workforce, this gender group were unable to acquire the skills to be actively contributing members of society.
Thus, the stereotype of women being useless, weak, dainty, emotional and dependent on others was created.
The first International Women’s Day gathering occurred in 1911.
Now, on every March 8, we celebrate women’s achievements in diverse areas, including politics, social, economic, cultural, and religious.
There is no club or organization that supports or funds the day; rather, it is recognized as a day where women and men alike come together to reflect and advocate for gender equality.
Internationally, the color purple symbolizes women, as it has associations with justice and dignity.
Over the years, the day has also included :
While there is debate over whether to use all three colors to represent women in society, the unity of the colors reflects the unity of women who come together through their greatest strengths and contributions to society.
*excerpt from : www.internationalwomensday.com
Some highlights and milestones for Canadian women include:
Below is a list of women who became the first in their field, started a movement, or radicalized our perspective. They represent a range of time periods, are from different countries, and are from varying fields.
Daughter of famed poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was gifted in mathematics and considered the first computer programmer
Set aviation records and was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Her diary, “Diary of a Young Girl” has been read by millions worldwide, and has been adapted into films and plays
American former number 1 professional tennis player; won 39 Grand Slam titles
Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1769, making her the country’s longest-ruling female leader, who came to power following a coup d’état when her husband, Peter III, was overthrown
Regarded as the reigning Queen of Pop, the bilingual singer has sold over 220 million albums worldwide, making her the only artist to sell music in two languages, English and French
She was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt; also a diplomat, naval commander, linguist, and medical author
The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was responsible in the post-World War I era with liberating women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette” and popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style
Effectively controlled the Chinese government in the late Qing Dynasty for 47 years
Comedian, actress, and LGBT activist who uses her TV talk show as a platform to help those in need
Created a multinational manufacturer and marketer of prestige skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair products.
Painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired my Mexican nature and artifacts.
First deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree; was a supporter of women’s suffrage and labor rights
Second-longest serving and only female Prime Minister India has ever had
Her novels offered commentary and critique on British landed gentry at the of the 18th century and the role of women
French heroine for her role in the Hundred Years’ War, canonized as Roman Catholic Saint
First woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, first woman to ascend all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak of every continent
Conducted pioneering research on radioactivity; first woman to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.
First and only woman to win the Field Medal (Nobel Prize of Math) while teaching at Stanford University
The nun who became a saint by dedicating her life to care of the destitute in the slums of Calcutta, India
Received numerous awards and recognition in the field of civil rights
She was the youngest astronaut to enter space, and the first woman to enter low orbit, and founded Sally Ride Science
Founded the Green Belt Movement, and planted over 51 million trees in Kenya
**Information taken from HERE
Today, women are proving themselves to be the ultimate multi-tasker. They not only hold demanding full-time positions in the workplace, but they also raise their family, volunteer, participate in extra-curricular activities, maintain impeccably clean households, and showcase physically fit bodies.
While a salary gap between men and women still exists, more women attend post-secondary education and have some of the highest paid occupations across the globe.
In addition, women have gradually moved into arenas formally recognized as male-dominated, such as archaeology, mathematics, engineering, and government.
In the last 50 years alone, women have expanded their roles in all fields, increasing their power and authority, and showcasing their skills, talents, and knowledge that is empowering young generations to embrace their gender and use it to change lives and the future.
We celebrate women for all they do for everyone everyday. They are grandmothers, mothers, stepmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, wives, best friends, mentors, and leaders of tomorrow.