In 1975, the United Nations began the tradition of recognizing March 8 annually as International Women’s Day. Each year, the UN selects a theme to promote the day, and the theme for 2014 is “Equality for women is progress for all.” The fact that gender equality is this year’s main focus is very important “because progress in so many other areas depends on it”(UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)
Below is a flyer tweeted from the United Nations twitter account regarding the Women’s Day event that took place on Friday. The secretary-general was joined at the event by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
(Photograph courtesy of United Nations/Twitter)
Women have come a long way in the course of American history, from being able to receive a formal education, all the way to fighting to receive voting rights. Although men were viewed as superior to women for many years, through activism and endless strides women have been able to prove that anything a man can do a woman can do too. Today is all about girl power and strong female bonds! It is important for women to help each other, so that together we can succeed and achieve greatness.
Below is a link of an International Women’s Day video montage put together by singer Beyonce, who is an advocate on the issue of feminism and women’s rights.
(Video courtesy of Youtube)
(Featured Image courtesy of YoungBPWInternational)