Happy International Women’s Day!
“People ask me sometimes, when – when … will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is when there are nine.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The first National Women’s Day was organized by the US Socialist Party in February 1909. On March 19, 1911, Women’s Day went international, when more a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland marched for women’s voting rights and the right to hold public office. But it wasn’t until 1975 when the U.N. officially designated March 8 International Women’s Day.
On October 24, 1975, inspired by the UN’s designation of 1975 as International Women’s Year, 90% of Icelandic women refused to work within or outside the home. The nearly universal strike led to significant advances in women’s equality in Iceland. Icelandic women strike every 10 years in honor of this protest.
Let’s be inspired by Iceland, and stand up to protect women’s rights and interests against attacks by the Trump Administration! The people who brought you the Women’s Marches are hosting ADayWithoutAWoman, urging women in the U.S. to take the day off from paid and unpaid work, wear red, and avoid shopping except at small, minority and women-owned businesses. (But this is International Women’s Day, after all, so there will be events held worldwide, as well.)
Another way to celebrate is by contributing money to Kiva, a crowd-funding platform that offers micro-loans to women’s businesses. Kiva aims to crowd-fund $3 million in loans to women to #InvestinHer in honor of International Women’s Day. You can pick the business that you support!
We need to make our voices heard and – just as importantly – support each other in the fight for women’s rights.
Today’s Action: If you’re a woman, go on strike! If you’re a man, support the striking women in your life! Participate in a #DayWithoutAWomen rally, or consider donating to the micro-lending organization, Kiva.