The Roots of International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day is a holiday presently celebrated around the world, but that was not always the case. This holiday has evolved over a century and can be traced back to its start in the early 1900s. In 1908 women took a tremendous stride forward through the ratification of the nineteenth amendment, thus gaining the right to vote. Within just one-year, National Women’s Day was birthed, which soon developed into International Women’s Day in 1911. The ongoing growth from that point on, though, was a slow development. It was not until 1975 that we see the United Nations celebrate its first official International Women’s Day, and not until 1977 that they adopted a resolution imparting this holiday on its member states. Today it is celebrated in many countries around the world.
International Women’s Day: Modern Day
Let’s face it. International Women’s Day has largely become associated with so many more peripheral issues than its original intent. It began as not only a celebration for progress in women’s rights, but as a reminder that equal opportunity amongst all people is a continuing pursuit, regardless of gender or any factors besides the one that matters—that we are all human beings made in the image of God. While this is still the primary aim in theory, in many developed countries, International Women’s Day has become strongly linked, at least connotatively speaking, to political parties, extremist views on maltreatment of women, and even to racism, like the issue of white-male supremacy. The Left thinks the Right doesn’t care and the Right thinks the Left hates men. As a result, divisiveness and bitterness are being built up in the hearts of people and society more than we even realize. We are missing the point. Progress in women’s rights should not be trademarked by a political party, rather it should be an inevitable side effect of the unified promotion of human rights by all people. What is lacking in society is greater than simply an underappreciation of any subsection of people. Rather, we are missing a heart connection—the understanding and appreciation for the value of each and every human being as God made them.
Around the world women are proving to be forces for progress and change in these areas. Here at Mercury One we want to celebrate the amazing work women are doing throughout the globe. Stay tuned for our upcoming blog posts this month highlighting women and their impact for a better, more unified world!
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