March 8th is International Women’s Day, and more specifically, March 8th is dedicated to the recognition of women’s struggles and our achievements in terms of rights, economy and policy against discrimination and violence.
The history of International Women’s Day began on February 28, 1909, when the American Socialist Party organized an event in support of a woman’s right to vote. Women became active on the issue of social injustice and many decided to strike and take to the streets to demand an increase in salary and an improvement of their working conditions. In 1910, the VIII Congress of the International Socialist Party proposed to establish a day dedicated to women. The following year, in 1911, the Triangle factory in New York was destroyed by a fire, and nearly 150 women lost their lives. Since then, feminist upheavals multiplied throughout Europe. But it was not until 1917, when the women of St. Petersburg took to the streets to demand the end of the war, that the international holiday was officially declared as March 8th.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Organyc salutes the strong, motivated and determined women who have been raising their voices on a variety of issues to bring about a positive change in the global conditions of women.
10 Quotes for International Women’s Day 2018
- Malala Yousafzai: “I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.”
- Nikki Hopewell: “The sum of these experiences has helped me to really show up in my life as authentically me. For me that means showing up in a way that feels good to me, no matter what anyone thinks or believes about me. What others think of you is none of your business. As long as you show grace and compassion to yourself and to others and profoundly recognize that in every moment you are able to express yourself freely without judgment and with love, you are being authentic.”
- Viola Davis #MeTooMovement: “The predator wants your silence. It feeds their power, entitlement AND they want it to feed your shame. Our bodies are not the ‘spoils of war’… a trophy to be collected to fuel your ego. It’s OURS!!! It doesn’t belong to you!! And when you take it without permission, it DESTROYS…… like a virus!!! To the predators…Weinstein, the stranger, the relative, the boyfriend…. I say to you, ‘You can choose your sin but you don’t get to choose the consequences.’ To the victims … I see you. I believe you … and I’m listening.” —Variety, October 2017
- Nadya Okamoto, Period. The Menstrual Movement: “We define the movement as the fight to have equitable access to menstrual hygiene, breaking down the stigma around periods, and to push forward social change around periods. That involves changing the conversation and the way people think and talk about periods; bringing period products to people who cannot otherwise afford them and pushing forward longer term systemic change around periods. That means starting to work in policy from the campus to the local to the federal level.”
- Oprah Winfrey: “Over the years, I’ve interviewed thousands of people, most of them women, and I would say that the root of every dysfunction I’ve ever encountered, every problem, has been some sense of a lacking of self-value or of self-worth.”
- Debbie Ross Serrano: “Now a young woman, it is obvious when you see her in her wheelchair, with her open mouth, posture, and drool that Amelia is not your typical preteen. It is painful as a parent to see the blatant stares. My response is always the same, eye contact, a huge smile and a big “Hello!” With children, I will usually introduce Amelia by name, ask them their name and ask them if they like Mickey Mouse, Tangled, The Incredibles, etc. and say “Wow! Amelia loves those too!” It shows them that Amelia shares commonality, and I usually see the child relax and smile at her. With adults I am less enthusiastic. I will smile. It’s a cold smile, but it is a smile. I say, “Hi. How are you today?” Rude behavior is rude. I don’t hold children accountable for their questioning stares, but adults should know better.”
- Emma Gonzalez: “The people involved right now, those who were there, those posting, those tweeting, those doing interviews and talking to people, are being listened to for what feels like the very first time on this topic that has come up over 1,000 times in the past four years alone.”
- Arianna Brown: “…To combat such myths, I currently help lead coding and robotics workshops for an organization called Black Girls Code, where I am constantly reminding our future STEM force that trial and error is the best way to learn, and can even be the fun part of STEM. Every time a peer or undergrad asks for help or shares a recent frustration with their work, I am always sure to share similar situations that I’ve worked to overcome, so they know they are not alone. I also lecture middle and high schoolers about STEM careers, serve on Q&A panels for women and underrepresented minorities (URM) interested in STEM careers, volunteer teach in a 300-person Physics general education course that is two thirds female, and I am in a peer support group with other women in Astronomy where we support and cheer one another on constantly.”
- Ellen Degeneres: “Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.”
- Susan B. Anthony: ”I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”
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