International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th. For many, International Women’s Day is considered the most important day in the continual growth and evolution of women’s rights.

A History of International Women’s Day

The first International Women’s Day was held over 100 years ago, on February 28th, 1909 in New Your city. It was organized by the Socialist Party of America, and one year later, at an International Socialist Woman’s Conference, it was decided that an even be held annually in support of the movement. When women gained the right to vote in Russia in 1917, the government declared March 8th to be a national holiday there, and throughout the Soviet Union. Most socialist movements and communist regimes and parties were the largest celebrants of the date, until the United Nations adopted it as an International day of recognition in 1975. In that year, the United Nations declared it to be International Woman’s Year, and since then March 8th has been the designated as the official day for International Women’s Day. It has been established as a public holiday in some countries, while in others there is recognition through events and activations.

Themes & Pillars

International Women’s Day stands for many causes. The largest, most pervasive, and prominent is gender equality. This means equal access to opportunities and resources, from education to compensation at work, to corporate, and political representation, to the recognition of different needs based on gender without bias or persecution.

To add organization, and visibility to International Women’s Day, both the United Nations and the International Women’s Day organization create a theme in which activists and organizers can focus and build upon. These themes vary and change from year to year, based on current causes and the geopolitical climate.

International Women’s Day in the 21st Century

Sine 2010, its 100th anniversary, International Women’s Day has grown in popularity and prominence in the West and worldwide. Politicians and celebrities increasingly draw attention to the day, while causes like the Me Too movement, and Time’s Up have given the day greater significance and urgency. Countries continue to adopt International Women’s Day as a public holiday. In 2019, the official United Nations theme for Internation Women’s Day is: Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change, and the organization’s theme is Balance for Better – focusing on creating a more gender-balanced world by celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equality.

You can celebrate International Women’s Day at indigo with great books from female leaders, and a capsule collection of accessories to wear and use on the day, or any day.

International Women’s Day Quotes

Whether you’re looking for a new mantra, making a sign, or posting on social media, check out these International Women’s Day quotes from feminist leaders and icons for some instant inspiration.

“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard.” – Malala Yousafzai

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women” – Maya Angelou

“ I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act.” – Janet Mock

"Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” – Janelle Monáe

“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” – Janet Mock

“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama

“I am a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.” – Maya Angelou

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” – Tina Fey

International Women’s Day Books

Education, empowerment, and empathy – read one of these great titles for International Women’s Day.

In The Company of Women – Grace Bonney

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly

Modern Herstory – Blair Imani

Little Black Book – Otegha Uwagba

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay

Strong is the new Pretty – Kate T. Parker

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life – Jane Sherron De Hart

You are a Badass – Jen Sincero