How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world every March 8. #IWD2020
The day is observed to promote women’s equality and honor the notable social, economic, cultural and political achievements of girls and women across the globe.
Celebrated since 1911, this year’s IWD theme is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights to align with the UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality. This women’s day campaign for the human rights of women and girls offers a united initiative that continues all year. #EachforEqual
From the humble dedication and determination of Mother Teresa, to the great activism of Harriet Tubman, there’s no denying over the course of history, women have made significant impacts on the world. To reflect on their accomplishments, we’ve chosen five highly influential women of history to celebrate.
An advocate for women’s education rights, Pakistani Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17.
In October 2012, while on a bus headed home from school, Malala was targeted and shot by two members of the Taliban. The Taliban, pegged as a terrorist group, disapproves girls aged 10 and over going to school.
Today, Malala continues her fight to give back to girls what poverty, war and discrimination tried taking from her.
Globally, Oprah is a household name. Overcoming poverty, Oprah is known as the first African-American female billionaire. Her influence on American culture is phenomenal. CNN and Time.com has said she’s “arguably the world’s most powerful woman.”
Oprah is a huge proponent in paying it forward. She continues her many philanthropy projects including donating to the treatment of HIV and AIDS, animal rescue, and the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, she donated millions to help rebuild homes in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
In 1994, Tegla was boosted into the world’s spotlight when she became the first African woman to win the New York City Marathon. She is a Kenyan long-distance track and road runner and previously held the world marathon record.
Tegla is a global spokesperson for education, peace and women’s rights. In 2003 she founded the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation to promote peaceful co-existence and socioeconomic development for the poor in Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan communities.
Sally K Ride
Sally was selected by NASA to be one the first five female astronaut candidates to fly in space. In 1983, during her first mission, her five-person crew released commercial communications satellites for Indonesia and Canada. The crew operated the 50-foot robot arm to deploy, fly in formation with and recover a test satellite.
In 2001, Sally established the Sally Ride Science Club which inspires elementary and middle school girls to pursue career paths in math and science.
YOU! Grandmother, mother, daughter, sister, wife
Every day, you change the world in immense ways. You are capable of incredible advances. Your influence to create the power of change for our generation of women and girls is unlimited. You are the future of the world and are in control of what that future looks like. You are woman.
Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. ~Unknown
Women are the keyholders to shaping the way in which the world is seen. Whether it’s education, economic empowerment or advocating for women’s rights and equality, the power of you is boundless.
On this International Women’s Day, let’s honor women for making the world a better place for all.