International Women’s Day 2021 theme, the history of IWD and why we celebrate
International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March, and 2021 is no different despite the ongoing pandemic.
It’s intended as a date to mark the many social, economic and political achievements of women across the world.
International Women’s Day is a vital outlet that allows millions of people to stand up for women’s rights, female empowerment and gender equality, as well as honouring trailblazing women throughout history.
International Women’s Day 2021 theme
The International Women’s Day website reads:
“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
“We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
“From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.”
What can you do this International Women’s Day?
Firstly, simply become part of the conversation. Join with the hashtag #Choosetochallenge on Twitter and have your say.
Today is International Women's Day.
First Minister @NicolaSturgeon has reaffirmed Scotland's commitment to a fairer society.
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) March 8, 2021
Next, you can strike a pose. Use the hashtag #IWD2021 and post it alongside a picture of you on social media.
Raise your hand high to show you’re in and that you commit to choose to challenge and call out inequality.
How can I get involved with International Women’s Day 2021?
You can donate, celebrate, collaborate, volunteer, sponsor and do so many more things.
One thing you can do is watch the purposeful IWD videos as discussion starters, or broadcast them at IWD events to educate, motivate, challenge, and inspire audiences. You can also develop and submit your own #ChooseToChallenge videos for potential inclusion.
Other direct action you can take is to fundraise for a female-focused charity. Despite the pandemic in 2020, IWD still raised a hefty six-figure sum for charity and 100% of the proceeds went directly to charity. IWD provides an important opportunity to fundraise and call for donations to support the ever-important work of gender equality focused charities, so find out more.
Another thing you can do is search the IWD Supplier Directory to source and support women-owned local businesses – from photographers and caterers to PR and more.
International Women’s Day history
The first National Woman’s Day, as it was originally named, was celebrated in the US on February 28, 1909.
The national date was formed to honour women who protested the year before. The protest occurred in New York City in 1908, led by a Ukrainian suffragist named Clara Lemlich. 15,000 female garment workers went on strike. They demanded better pay, shorter working hours and improved working conditions.