March 8th is International Women's Day. Today we celebrate women!
This year's theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” #BreakTheBias calls on people to work towards a world that is equitable, inclusive, and free from bias and discrimination so the playing field is leveled for women moving forward.
In 2022 women are still not equal to men all over the world. STILL! Can you believe that?
- 24% – the percentage of women in the U.S. Senate.
- 29% – the percentage of women in state legislative seats.
- 0% – the percentage of women as presidents of the United States.
- 40 billion – the number of hours spent by women in sub-Saharan Africa collecting water.
- ⅔ – of the world’s 796 million illiterate people are women.
- 1 in 3 – women around the world experience violence.
- 2.7 billion – the number of women who don’t have the same work opportunities as men.
- 82 million – the number of women worldwide who don’t have any legal protections against workplace discrimination.
- 650 million – the number of women who are married before the age of 18 across the world.
Some facts about International Women's Day
International Women's Day (IWD) was born on March 8, 1908 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City to demand shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote. The first IWD event wasn't held until 1911, and only then in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. The UN didn't recognize it as a holiday until 1975.
Globally, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, which equates to getting paid 23% less than men, according to the UN. At this rate of progress, there won’t be equal pay until 2069.
There are only 26 women serving as heads of state or government out of Earth’s 195 countries, as of September 2021.
Women of nearly all races and ethnicities face higher rates of poverty than their male counterparts, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The highest rates of poverty are experienced by American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) women, Black women, and Latinas. About one in four AI/AN women live in poverty — the highest rate of poverty among women or men of any racial or ethnic group.
“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” –W.E.B. Dubois