March is Women’s History Month and what better way than to celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD has been observed for well over a century, with the first observation on March 19, 1911, but today it is celebrated annually on March 8th. IWD is supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Prior to this, the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and others campaigned for women’s equality. Today it will be in March 8, 2021.
Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not a country, group, or organization. It is a global day of celebration to the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Girls Become Women
It goes to reason that girls become women. For International Day of the Girl, girls worldwide are demanding a life free from gender-based violence, access to health care, skills, recognition, and investment as leaders of social change.
As one Mom wrote on the Iowa City Moms blog: “I want to create a playlist that instills in her the idea – the truth – that women are strong, powerful, and courageous and are more than just pretty faces or sexual beings. I want to provide lyrics that make her stand taller, run faster, work harder, dream wider, and shatter those glass ceilings. I want my daughter to be inspired to stand up for herself and for others, to have the confidence to face adversity, and to demand the respect that every member of the human race is entitled to, regardless of their gender.”
She goes on to say, “Beethoven once said, ‘Music can change the world.’ So, too, can our daughters, and we can use music to help inspire them.”