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How to Celebrate International Women’s Day

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Posted on March 8, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

International Women's Day is on March 8, and it's the perfect opportunity to celebrate being a woman or to celebrate the women in your life. 

This year's campaign theme is Pledge for Parity, which focuses on closing the gender gap and achieving equality between men and women. Although women contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement worldwide, The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then in 2015, they estimated a slowdown in progress and that the gender gap wouldn't close until 2133. 

For now, it's important to raise awareness about International Women's Day and celebrate strides in gender equality. So grab your favorite women and enjoy a day dedicated to them!

Learn About the History of the Women's Rights Movement

Women's rights have come a long way, but it wasn't an easy battle. Understanding and appreciating the history of the women's right movement could leave you feeling inspired. Get some books about the movement or search the internet to learn more about key players and the events that took place that enabled women to live the way they do today.

Host an Event or Go Out

Treat this day like the holiday it is. Spend it honoring the women in your life by hosting a party or going out to celebrate. 

You can use this day to discuss the powerful women in history who have made a difference in the world. From Clara Barton to Susan B. Anthony to Marie Curie, there have been major changes and events in the world that women are responsible for. 

By discussing these women, we make sure that everyone remembers the difference that women have made in the world. This is especially important in the fight for gender equality. 

Gathering to celebrate being a woman or to celebrate other women is the perfect way to spend the day.

Support a Women's Rights Group

On InternationalWomensDay.com, they ask individuals to take purposeful action and make a pledge. Select from the following pledges: Help women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias, called for gender-balanced leadership, value women’s and men's contributions equally and create inclusive, flexible cultures. 

There are also many women's rights organizations where you can show your support. Learn more about them and their missions and how they plan to achieve their common goal.

Check out the list of women's rights groups below for more information: 

·         National Organization for Women

·         Association for Women's Rights in Development

·         The American Association of University Women

This International Women's Day, take a stand for gender equality and join the fight to achieve global gender parity.

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