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International Women’s Day

Mary Filice, a CSJ Associate, has written a reflection for this important date to touch on its history and significance.

March 8, 1911 was the first coordinated celebration of International Women’s Day. It was then that over a million people around the world officially stopped to acknowledge inequality and suffrage for women. 
 
The socialist movement in America, which began two years prior, inspired women to initially join together. Women’s rights activists then garnered the support of over 100 women from 17 countries for their first International Women’s Day celebration. 
 
Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1975, today over 100 countries celebrate women’s rights and world peace.  
 
With the 2018 International Women’s Day theme #PressForProgress in mind, we must acknowledge that we are still a long way off from having gender parity. The 2017 Global Gender Gap Report announced that the world will not meet this goal of equality for another 200 years at the current rate of progress. 
 
It is for this reason that the campaign stresses vigilance and a call to action. Taking heed of the #metoo and #timesup movements, the organizers behind the International Women’s Day campaign urge all to take notice, “think, act and be gender inclusive.” 
 
“Without justice there can be no love.” - Bell Hooks
 
For further information about International Women’s Day, click here to visit the website for this campaign.

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