This Wednesday, the world came together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day has been observed since the early 1900's-starting as National Woman's Day in the US in 1909. The day eventually became International Women's Day when Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland collectively honored it in 1911, which gained quick attention after the "Triangle fire" accident in New York a week later killed 140 working, immigrant women. This year's campaign theme was Pledging for Parity, calling to mind the issue of slowing gender parity around the world in recent years.
The United Nations' theme for the day was Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality, an initiative meant to bring attention to the challenges that hold back women from reaching their full potential. As of February 2016, pledges have been made by over 90 governments to overcome gender equality gaps, which have so far culminated in the Global Leader's Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment held in China in September 2015.Read More