Not just another day: March 8 is International Women’s Day 2018

A highlight of Women’s History Month is a pause to celebrate International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8.  In light of what’s happening on the political front, the media are doing a good job of reminding us of the vision and contributions of American women.   Sponsored by the United Nations IWD honors women’s achievements across nations, race and accomplishments; it is a day to collaborate on commemoration of the ongoing – perpetual? – movement for women’s rights across geographic and political lines.

The first observance of Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York City.   Not long thereafter, the 1910 International Women’s Conference proposed that March 8 be celebrated as International Woman’s Day.  The day is also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

The theme of International Women’s Day 2018 is both timely and thought-provoking for Minnesotans.  “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.  While the theme honors rural and urban activists, the time is now for each of us to be attuned to what’s happening in our own state.  In fact, the theme relates directly to the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s concern with the rights and activism of rural women “who make up over a quarter of the world population, and are being left behind in every measure of development.”  (See previous posts re. elimination and/or suppression of data about things we don’t want to acknowledge…)

One IWD tradition is a call for supporters to wear red.  The gesture reminds colleagues, friends and family of the “A Day without a woman” movement.

It goes without saying that we need more than one day to honor women’s rights, women’s role in the political life of this nation and the world, women’s vote and the power of women to restore order in this nation.  March 8, 2018 is not just another day – it’s a day to pause, focus, learn, celebrate, think and share thoughts about women’s accomplishments.  More important it is the challenge to think in terms of specific steps to engage women in the all-encompassing struggle to cope with the reality of what’s happening to the world we share.

To start the mental juices flowing take time to check out this initiative to record, preserve and share the stories of women’s lives, vision and contributions:

There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.”Malala Yousafzai


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