Celebrating International Women's Day
The theme of today's International Women's Day is #BalanceforBetter. It's a call to action for gender equality and a reminder that despite the gains since the first Women's Day 100 years ago, there is imbalance in pay, jobs, leadership and societal value between women and men.
It's a worldwide event, with events and activities organized by volunteers; no country or movement sponsors the day, though several companies have lent their support as partners. Others will sponsor events in their community.
As the International Women's Day website explains, "IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific."
Balance, says the website, "Is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage ...
"Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive."
In the US, reports USA Today, "There will be International Women's Day events in more than 35 cities. Atlanta is home to an International Women's Day Tea Party for small-business owners. Minneapolis will hold a FeMNist Day with a breakfast event, workshops and a night market for female-owned businesses.
"Los Angeles organizers are hosting a women's strike with a march, rally and dance party at the city's Federal Building that targets wars on women, children, migrants and the Earth. A celebration at Washington Square Park in New York offers women flowers with inspirational messages."