The 8th of March celebrates a day close to our hearts - International Women’s Day! It’s a day for many things, including the celebration of women’s achievements (including your own), raising awareness about gender inequality, and fundraising for various women’s charities. 

There’s plenty of ways you can celebrate and get involved, why not take a look below at some of our ideas? We’ll also share our top five incredible women throughout history - it would be impossible to name them all, but it’s a good place to start!

The history of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day had its first gathering all the way back in 1911. Inspired by the 15,000 brave women who marched through New York City in 1908 to demand voting rights and better pay, this annual event aimed to champion women’s rights across all aspects of life.

The very first gathering saw millions of women and men attending rallies all over the world - demanding women's rights to work. It was these actions that shaped the future for all of us.

In the early 2000s, the annual event seemed to fall out of favour and very few people were still rallying like they used to - that was until International Women’s Day was given an online platform. This useful site provided - and still provides - useful resources for women’s rights. You may have even seen some of the online campaigns over the years, such as #TheGenderAgenda and #MakeItHappen.

5 incredible women who made history

It would be a challenge to list all the influential women who have made their mark throughout history, so here’s just a small selection of incredible ladies!

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

Susan B. Anthony was a passionate women’s right activist who, throughout her life, campaigned for women’s rights to work, equal pay, and the abolishment of slavery. She travelled around America delivering speeches on the importance of women’s rights - which was especially uncommon during the 19th century. Her influence led to many US states allowing women the right to vote.

Marie Curie (1867-1934)

You’ve probably already heard of the Marie Curie charity. This charity was named after the inspiring Marie Curie - a talented physicist and chemist whose research into radiation helped shape the future of cancer treatments. She was the first woman in the world to receive a Nobel Prize and is still the inspiration of many women in scientific roles to this day.

Amelia Earheart (1897-1937)

Amelia Earheart was the first woman to fly on her own across the Atlantic Ocean. Even to this day, only 5% of aeroplane pilots are women - Amelia proved that with a strong will and passion - you can do exactly what you dream of.

Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005)

Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist who is most famously known for refusing to give up her seat on the bus for a white passenger. During that time, passengers were segregated by colour. Her actions sparked the important Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, which raised significant awareness and encouraged change through the Civil Rights Movement. 

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)

Yet another talented scientist in our list, Rosalind Franklin performed groundbreaking work in biology and molecular chemistry. The data that this London-born genius collected has shaped the way scientists understand DNA to this day.

Do something special for International Women’s Day

Why not do something special to celebrate International Women’s Day? Here’s just a few ways you can get involved this year:

Send a card to all your besties

Show the women in your life just how much they mean to you - and how amazing they are. Send a cute card with a personalised note about just how incredible they are. We all need a good boost every once in a while! P.S. Why not pop in a cheeky sheet mask for an extra treat?

Donate (or raise awareness) to a women’s charity

International Women’s Day is all about raising awareness - so why not get people talking about a particular charity? Even if you’re not able to donate yourself, raising awareness about women’s rights is just as important. Add a link on your Facebook or share a few Insta stories about an issue you feel strongly about.

Celebrate yourself!

There’s an important person who needs to be celebrated on International Women’s Day - YOU! Take the time to think about all the great things you’ve achieved in your life; it’s easy to shrug things off or focus on others, but you need to celebrate yourself every now and again. Learning to love ourselves is an important step in championing women’s rights!  

There is still a way to go for equality

While we enjoy many freedoms in the 21st century, there are still many issues that remain surrounding equality, especially for women in developing countries. 

Organisations such as Plan and Global Fund For Women are actively campaigning for women’s education, sexual and reproductive health, and overall wellbeing in areas of the world where women do not have as much freedom as in the West.

Demonstrations such as the March for Women’s Lives movement for women’s rights to reproductive health care options show plenty of promise that things are moving on the right track - although there are still some barriers that need to be broken down.

Photo credit: jacoblund istock

March 08, 2021 — Derma Babe Hannah

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