International Women’s Day unites women across the globe


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Women march in Los Angeles during International Women's Day on March 5, 2017.

Throughout history, women have been known to depend on each other and strive through hard times. Women have constantly had obstacles thrown at them but have always overcome them and come out on top.

To celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide, we have International Women’s Day. This special day occurs every year on March 8.

Junior Demia Johnson feels like IWD shows the progress that women have made.

“It (IWD) means so much. It shows how much we’ve come along,” Johnson said. “It was a point in time where women were looked at as nothing but property, but now we have a choice even though it took countless times to prove to men and to the world that we deserve as much respect as they get.”

International Women’s Day, also known as IWD, brings attention to cultural, social, political, and economical triumphs that women have experienced in history and present day.

The day inspires and reminds women globally of their own strength and perseverance.

Senior Spencer Wolfe feels that it’s important to recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day.

“I feel like it’s super important to celebrate since women today still face many obstacles based on them just being women,” Wolfe said. “We owe a lot to women, and I’m so glad that I get to know the beautiful women in my life today.”

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International Women’s Day is Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Different nations have separately celebrated different forms of Women’s Day. In the United Nations, the year 1975 was dedicated to women and was known as International Women’s Year.

This year influenced countries to bring light to the unfair conditions that women were under. This ultimately led to people turning their attention to women and their need to be heard and recognized.

Shortly after International Women’s Year, March 8 was declared as International Women’s Day and is still celebrated by many.

Even though it’s referred to as “Women’s Day,” equality among women and men is one of the main focus. This is idea encourages and supports women while demanding equality.

Equality, in itself, has been a battle for women to conquer, some more than others.

In the western world, women have more freedom, opportunity, and can speak for themselves.

But in other parts of the world, like the Middle East, women struggle just to have basic rights. Even walking outside alone is a privilege that many eastern women don’t possess.

It’s vital that women take this day as an opportunity to unite and speak up for all women, especially for those who can’t do it for themselves. It’s important to realize that women all over the world are fighting different battles, and it’s crucial to not forget about them on Women’s Day.

One universal way to celebrate is by wearing IWD colors. White, purple, or green are the colors that represent this day and are the same colors adopted by the suffragettes.

The main color, purple, represents liberation and gender equality, white represents purity, and green represents a new hope.

Wearing one of these colors is a subtle way to show support toward this day and toward this movement and its goals.

International Women’s Day has strengthened and unified women worldwide.

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