International Women's Day

International Women’s Day started as part of the early labor and voting rights movement in the beginning of the 20th century. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 but adopted as a global holiday by the United Nations in 1977.

In addition to celebrating all the work women have done to help make the world a better place for all, International Women’s Day is also about recognizing all the work still left to do. (For example, 70% of the world’s 1.3 billion people who live in poverty are women. There are still countries that ban the education of women beyond primary grades.) International Women’s Day is a call to action for all of us, women and men, to work towards a gender-equal world, free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, where difference is valued and celebrated.  

This year:

  •  Wednesday, 8th March is International Women’s Day.
  •  International Women’s Day 2023 has the theme #EmbraceEquity, because gender equity needs to be a part of every society’s DNA. The campaign is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.
  • When we embrace equity, we embrace diversity and inclusion, to forge harmony and unity and drive success for all.

Here are some ways to actively support the mission of International Women’s Day (from GoodGoodGood.com)

Watch a documentary about women’s rights.

Documentaries make big, difficult topics easier to understand and digest. With a concept as enormous and encompassing as global gender equality, a documentary is a helpful place to start! Check out some of these films:

Open a Book! Read about the importance of gender equality.

The status of women varies from country to country, or even city to city. Building a library of knowledge from diverse lived experiences is a great way to celebrate the women of the world. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Bookshop) (Amazon)
  • Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz (Bookshop) (Amazon)
  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall (Bookshop) (Amazon)
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (Bookshop) (Amazon)
  • Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks (Bookshop) (Amazon)

Check out some new podcasts

Here are some enlightening, informative and fun podcasts to tune into this International Women’s Day. 

Not fun but important: learn about the challenges women and girls face around the world.

There are a lot of overlapping challenges nearly all women and girls face: Reproductive injustice, economic inequality, and ongoing discrimination among them. However, on International Women’s Day, it’s important to learn more about the experiences of women all across the globe. Here are a few resources and learning materials for your educational pursuits:

Take Action:  Donate to organizations around the world that support women and girls.

Do what you can to support women and girls in your community and on the other side of the planet by making a donation. Any amount you can give is meaningful, and if you can, setting up a recurring donation can make a huge impact, all while saving you time in the long run. There are small, grassroots organizations that need your support locally, and in smaller communities, but here are a handful of organizations to spark the giving bug.

JCP proudly supports International Women’s Day 2023, not only the recognition of the day but the ongoing effort it will take to reach the goals of International Women’s Day, and JCP encourages our portfolio companies to impact positive change for an equal world.