Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day. The first time I learned about International Women’s Day was in college. My roommate was minoring and Russian and on March 8, she brought home a flower from class. It is customary in Russia for men to buy flowers for the women in their lives on Women’s Day. It’s an official holiday in many countries and the United Nations has made a tradition of picking a theme for International Women’s Day each year. This year’s theme is Equality for Women is Progress for All.
The general theme for IWD 2014 is “Inspiring Change.” I’ve given a lot of thought of the women who have inspired change in my life and in the Church for me. This past year has been a whirlwind for Mormon feminist activity, it feels like everywhere I look there is someone inspiring change!
Since first learning about International Women’s Day, I’ve celebrated in various ways. At BYU in 2007, I participated in a demonstration against sexual assault and rape. In 2012, I walked the Golden Gate Bridge for Join Me on the Bridge. I don’t have plans yet this year.
What are you doing tomorrow for International Women’s Day? At the very least, I’ll be wearing purple, the official color of IWD. I’ll look up to see what events are going on in my area. You should, too. Let me know in the comments.
Happy Women’s Day!