On March 8, we celebrate Women! From Lucy Stone, the first Massachusetts woman to earn her bachelor’s degree, to Kamala Harris, the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President, to every single woman who is a part of our communities and the world. Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977, International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the 20th Century in North America and across Europe. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political (United Nations).
This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” celebrating the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future, recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighting the gaps that remain. Women of the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence - a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, and with equal rights and opportunities for all (UN Women).
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.
Lowell Women’s History Month Events:
Female-led Movements: On the heels of International Women’s Day, we look back at female-led movements throughout history. We discuss the intersectionality of international women’s movements. We also explore the similarities they share with modern women’s activism in the age of #MeToo and the surge of female political campaigns. Via NPR.
Watch: Former First Lady, Michelle Obama on why educating girls is vital (Mar 8, 2016). Obama spoke about how she first got involved in the issue after learning the stories of some of the 62 million girls around the world who are not currently attending school. Via PBS.
Happy International Women’s Day!
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