International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated yearly on 8 March across the world, founded over more than a century ago. It was a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.
Today, International Women’s Day is made a public holiday in some countries and in others it is largely ignored. Some countries use this day as a day of protest for women’s rights and equality and others it is day that celebrates womanhood in all its glory.
International Women’s Day is intended to celebrate women’s social, economic, political achievements and a call for gender equality.
What International Woman’s Day means to me
International Women’s Day is one of the many reasons I can live my passion every day.
As a female business owner, who prides herself on empowering women, I believe a lot of what I do now is made possible by the women who came before me and voiced their passions.
I am a director of a female empowered law firm, the women that work for me are fierce, proud and have a voice that matters. We all pride ourselves on doing the absolute best for our clients and going above and beyond to get results that matter and make a difference.
International Women’s Day focuses on women’s rights and making our voice heard. I believe that this is an important part of who I am what I strive for everyday in my professional life.
Why we wear purple
Purple is the official colour of International Women’s Day. This originally came from the combination of purple, green and white being used to symbolise women’s equality which originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK.
In the past year and a half alone, women have relied upon and used the colour of their clothing as a symbol of protest and respect.
This started in 2016 in America, which saw women wear white on election day in support of Hillary Clinton being the first female candidate to run from a major political party.
This also flowed through to the #MeToo movement as a bold statement for women everywhere standing up for themselves against the abusive behavior of men. It was history in the making when the female film industry dominated the red carpet in black in a sign of protest against the institutionalized sexism that had been taking place for far too long.
Purple signifies justice and dignity and therefore is a fitting colour for all women to represent themselves on International Women’s Day.