Today is International Woman’s Day which is a day all about celebrating woman’s accomplishments in all fields from all across the world! This year, the day feels more significant. We have had the #meetoo, #timesup and the centenary of the suffragettes victory with the vote for woman (albeit only some woman initially). Woman are coming together using their voices to stand up for what is right and that the abuse, exclusion and that it is not being tolerated anymore. When I think about how woman have stepped into the light and spoken out over the last 12 months I feel hopeful that we are on the edge of positive change. I feel hopeful that the future generations will keep the momentum going and that even more opportunities will be available for them to enjoy. It’s a humbling and proud moment in my lifetime.
2018’s theme for International Womans Day is #PressforProgress and the call to action is “to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive”. A recent gender gap report findings tell us that we are 200 years away from gender parity, so it seems that as much progress we have made, there is plenty to press for.
Here are some moment in history which have changed womans history, which is by no means exhaustive;
1908 – suffragettes chain themselves to the railings of Number 10 Downing Street
1913 – Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is killed after throwing herself in front of the Kings horse at the Epsom Derby.
1955 – Rosa Parks unwitting sparked the black civil rights movement in the USA when she refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.
1961 – Marie Stopes Clinic starts sessions for unmarried women to gain advice and access to birth control – something which was previously taboo.
1967 – Katherine Switzer was the first woman to run The Boston Marathon, even though one of the male organisers tried to tackle her. Other runners then helped Katherine and shielded her so she could finish
1975 – The Sex Discrimination Act and The Equal Pay Act were introduced in Britain
Boudicca: Died circa 61 to 60 AD. She reigned over the Iceni, whose kingdom covered East Anglia and famously led a rebellion against the Romans in 61 AD.
Queen Anne: 1665-1714. Queen Anne was the last of the Stuart monarchs and first married queen to rule England.
Florence Nightingale: 1820-1910. Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in the field of nursing.
There are so many other great moments and woman’s achievements to write about and hopefully many more to come. I want to #pressforprogress by educating my step daughter on woman’s history, present and what her future could be. I want to #PressforProgress by educating my step son on how to treat woman, how he can support and and contribute towards the progress. I will #PressforProgress by being the best woman I can be, speaking out, shining lights on others and pushing for positive change.
How are you going to #PressforProgress?