In recent decades, women across the world have made great strides in the fight for representation in government, receiving equal pay, and working in industries that are traditionally male-dominated. However, the battle continues. Millions of women continue to go unnoticed for their contributions to science, art, film, literature, philosophy, and culture. On International Women's Day, people from around the world come together to celebrate the history of women and recognize their incredible accomplishments.
Why Do We Celebrate International Women's Day?
The reasons why people celebrate International Women's Day are almost too numerous to list. Here are just a few reasons why you might want to mark this date on your calendar:
- To shine a light on the countless women who have made history as well as recognize the women whose accomplishments have quietly gone unnoticed
- To remind people about women's struggles for equality from across the world and the importance of learning from history
- To give women a special day to celebrate themselves and men a day to celebrate their wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, and co-workers in their lives
- To encourage people to support women's groups, organizations, and sports teams in their area as well as to support their local Girl Scout troops
- To give educators the chance to incorporate more women's history into their lesson plans
- To remind people about the importance of donating to women's shelters and charities
- To encourage people to seek out movies, TV shows, books, paintings, sculptures, and crafts that were made by women
- To shine a light on the fact that women are still under-represented in culture, politics, certain job fields, and other areas of life
- To remind people about the importance of supporting women-owned businesses
- To encourage women around the world to be themselves and realize their full potential
What Is the History of International Women's Day?
The first International Women's Day was celebrated in New York in 1909. After the success of this day, women around the world campaigned to make the day a major holiday. The United Nations officially recognized International Women's Day as a holiday in 1977. For decades, women and men have celebrated the holiday as part of the feminist movement.
International Women's Day Deals and Discounts
International Women's Day deals and discounts change every year, but here's a look at some of the deals that businesses have offered in the past.
In the past, Lancome had offered extra samples with your order when you made a purchase on International Women's Day.
Puma has offered a free pair of laces with every purchase made on International Women's Day.
In previous years, UGG has offered a free bag for anyone who placed an order of $140 or more on International Women's Day.
In previous years, WAFT has offered 10% off their perfumes to celebrate women on International Women's Day.
To celebrate International Women's Day, New Chic has offered 40% off women's clothes.
How to Celebrate International Women's Day
Whether you're a teacher, a parent, or an individual who wants to celebrate this special day, here are just a few ways you can celebrate on a budget.
Teach Your Kids About Women's History
International Women's Day is the perfect opportunity to teach your children and students about women's history. Even if you only have boys, they need to learn about women's history just as much as girls do. Talk about famous female scientists, inventors, artists, writers, politicians, activists, and other historical figures that have helped contribute and shape modern society as you know it.
Shop at Women-Owned Businesses
Do some research to find women-owned businesses in your area and buy products from them instead of shopping from chain stores. When you shop at women-owned businesses, you are supporting diversity and your local economy. Even if you only stop in once a week to grab a cup of coffee, you contribute to your local economy. This is also a great way to meet new people in your neighborhood and explore some shops and restaurants that you've never visited before.
Donate to Women's Charities
From global organizations to local women's shelters, you can find hundreds of organizations online that support impoverished women. Consider donating some money or volunteering at a local charity drive.
What Are Some Women's Charities You Can Support?
Helping impoverished women is one of the best ways you can celebrate International Women's Day. Here are just a few of the charities that deserve your time and money.
CARE is a global organization that works to end poverty around the world. This charity puts a special focus on women because they're more likely to be abused and disenfranchised. You can donate to CARE to help them end poverty and promote equal rights in various countries.
Step Up helps female high school students in impoverished areas seek a college education. They offer programs that help girls seek higher education, learn about leadership and gain the skills that they need to succeed in the workforce.
While more women are involved in U.S. politics than ever before, women are still under-represented in various areas of the government. Running Start gives women the tools that they need to run for office and become leaders in their communities. Their programs have helped more than 20,000 women across the country.
Is there an International Women's Day?
Yes! Countries around the world celebrate International Women's Day every year.
Why is International Women's Day celebrated?
Countries celebrate International Women's Day to honor women's history, shine a light on their unique struggles and honor their accomplishments throughout history.
Which day is International Women's Day celebrated on?
International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8.