Though it has evolved over the years, the earliest Women's Day took place over a century ago in NY.
While we might visit many of these businesses regularly, initially I was a little upset with myself that I had never realized just how many of our local businesses are owned by women - but then perhaps that's a sign of the equality that's been sought over the past century; gender doesn't play a role in how I (or most of us) view the businesses I frequent.
As well as celebrating the voices of big celebs, we're also amplifying the voice of the amazingly talented spoken word poet Sophia Thakur this International Women's Day, because she's got an empowering message about gender parity that we want you to hear too.
The Chair of the Geneva Centre noted that, however successful women's movements such as the Women's March, #MeToo or #TimesUp had been in raising awareness on gender bias, a lot of work remained to be done in order to achieve parity.
Women in Manila, Philippines used International Women's Day to "denounced President Rodrigo Duterte as among the worst violators of women's rights in Asia", according to the NYT, where hundreds protested in Plaza Miranda handing out roses to the mothers, sisters and widows of those suspected of drug offenses who were killed under Duterte's new drug crackdown.
Hucklebeary provides a wide variety of unique items, as well as services such as gift wrapping and creative services.
Yet 2018 is also cause for celebration, as it marks the centenary of (some) women getting the vote in the UK.
What is this year's theme?This year's is #PressforProgress, "a nod to the growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support surrounding gender parity and sexism" says the Telegraph. "This highlights the dilemma so many women face of reconciling income with care, for which context-specific policy change and action is so needed". And this year women around the world unite to think, act and be gender inclusive.
Yes. It takes place each year on 19 November each year and is celebrated in 60 countries around the world. The World Health Organization estimates that about 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence. The ports industry is changing as new technologies are introduced; meaning a sector traditionally dominated by male staff is now becoming more accessible to women.
However, with the gender pay gap barely narrowing, the number of women in high-powered positions flatlining, a lack of female political representation and the persistent problems of rape and domestic abuse, many argue that setting aside a day for men is both irrelevant and offensive.