Happy International Women’s Day!

Countries around the world are celebrating International Women’s Day today and for good reason. It has been 106 years since the first International Women’s Day, which occurred in New York City in 1909 and was created after the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union had gone on strike. People saw the need for women to march for change and so it was born.

I read a lot of chatter last night and this morning from folks thinking that since we live in ‘modern times’, why would we still need something like this? Men and women are equal right? No, I’m sorry we really aren’t, so we still need this day. This year’s theme is “make it happen” which brings us to the roots of this day, compelling all of us to see and talk about the change needed and then to act on it and make the change happen.

Women are still the main targets of gender related sexual violence across the globe. We are still responsible for 80 percent of domestic chores, even though we greatly outnumber men in university attendance, while getting paid less in the workforce once we exit university. Minority women suffer even more. It is still the greatest human rights crisis in the world. Globally, women suffer the most.

On this day, remember to take care of yourself as well. You are worth it, you are worthy, you are enough.