March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s; the earliest documented observance of a “Women’s Day” came in 1909 in New York. The United Nations officially designated March 8 as International Women’s Day in 1975.
The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” said feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.”
Several global brands are also taking part in the Women’s Day celebration.
Mittel unveiled 17 new “role model” Barbies for the occasion, honoring icons like Amelia Earhart, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and modern-day figures like Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim. Nike aired a commercial during the Oscars starring Serena Williams commemorating International Women’s Day. And some McDonald’s restaurants across the country, all owned my women, are flipping their arches to change the ‘M’ into a ‘W’ to recognize women.
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