INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SPARKS ENCOURAGEMENT
March 30, 2017
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On March 8th, 2017 Millions of women around the world banded together to show their support for women’s rights and celebrate the influential women who have helped progress the social stance of women throughout history. However, International Women’s Day should not be seen as a benchmark for progress but instead, should serve as a reminder that women still have a long way to go to achieve equality on a global scale.
The first ever International Women’s Day took place in New York on February 28, 1909. It was organized by the Socialist Party of America. On March 8, 1917, in Russia, there was a strike with the women textile workers all over the city. This led to the beginning of the Russian revolution and the government awarded women with the right to vote. March 8 was officially deemed a national holiday in Russia and was celebrated by other communist countries. In 1975 the United Nations officially began celebrating March 8 at International Women’s Day. The United States celebrates by having parades and encouraging people to shop at female-owned businesses.
International Women’s Day was created to foster civil awareness, anti-sexism, anti-discrimination and to promote equal rights for women all around the world. In recent time, there has been a lot of protesting and anger towards the current administration and their plans to ban abortion.
Senior Duaa Malik said, “It’s about a woman’s choice. Why is it fair that someone else is making decisions for me? Whether you believe in abortions or not, just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t mean that you take away the right for others.”
On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S Constitution granted women the right to vote. Almost 100 years later, women still haven’t reached the level where many feel that they should be. Women are still only paid 78 cents for every dollar that men are paid. There still has not been a female President or Vice President, and it is still surprising to society upon hearing that a woman is the CEO of a large company or corporation.
However, there are those who still fight to make sure that women will soon be able to break the glass ceiling. One of the most prominent of these has been Elizabeth Warren. Warren became the first female Senator of Massachusetts and became popular in mainstream media when she challenged Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education of Secretary Betsy DeVos for their lack of knowledge in the field.
Junior Adishi Ranjan said, “I feel like the word feminist has been made to be something it’s not. Feminist does not mean that you hate men but that you want equal rights. People seem to see feminists as man-haters. People on Twitter say that Elizabeth Warren is a man-hater, but that’s just not true.”
Students at Seminole High have been encouraged by the recent events in media and have decided to join the fight for women’s rights and protesting of the current administration. Students like Cristalle Choi and Isabel Adamus have started clubs like Girls Who Code to encourage more females to enter the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Field.
Senior Delmarie Willock said, “On the Day Without Women, I wore red to show solidarity with my fellow sisters. I think it’s important to show support because I feel like we are all fighting this same battle of gender inequality.”
Though International Women’s Day occurs just one day a year, there is no reason not to protest and fight for women’s rights each and every day, because women’s rights are human rights.