International Women’s Day: 15 Unknown Facts You Need To Know!

March 8, proudly known as International Women’s Day is to celebrate the economic, social, cultural and political accomplishments of women. This day also marks a call to action for advancing gender equality.

According to the world-renowned feminist, journalist, political and social activist Gloria Steinem, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”. Hence the day is all about celebration, unity, reflection, advancement and action. Without any doubt, International Women’s Day has been rising for well over a century and will continue to grow.

Let’s kick-start the celebration of this super feminist day by reading about all the facts one should know on International Women’s day.

Thankfully, though, all of the facts below on International Women’s Day prove that celebration of women’s overall progress and undeniable energy on a global level is super important. Here are 15 facts you must share:

1. The Origin And Evolution: International Women’s Day first originated on March 8, 1908, when about 15,000 women marching through the roads of New York City demanded better pay, shorter hours, and the right to vote. The first International Women’s Day was finally observed in 1914. March 8 of the same year was chosen as it was a Sunday, and most of the women would not be working on that day and able to participate in events.

2. Declaration Of Women’s History Month: In 2011, The United States of America’s former President, Barack Obama declared the whole month of March as “Women’s History Month” in order to honor the celebration of the first International Women’s Day event in the United States.

3. The Gender Sign: The symbol generally used to portray the female gender (♀) is also the sign for the planet Venus. This symbol is believed to be a formalized portrayal of the Roman goddess Venus’s hand mirror.

4. Women’s Earning: The United Nations Women Report from 2015 depicted that, in spite of women working for longer hours than men when both unpaid and paid work is analyzed, women still make an average of 24% fewer earnings than men do globally. This ratio must be taken into consideration for the equality of both the genders.

5. Women: The Reason Of The Economic Growth: 58% of university graduates are females, and this increased proportion of educated women has been directly responsible for the economic growth of the world. Among the 34 countries participating in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), more training and education for females is the reason for 50% of their monetary growth over the past 50 years.

6. Women Care More For Household: This possibly comes as no surprise, but women still invest more time on childcare and housework than men do. According to a report by The United Nations, women invest 1 to 3 hours more on household activities than men, 2 to 10 times the amount of time for the care of children and elders, and 1 to 4 hours less per day on monetary market activities. This also shows the overall strength of a woman.

7. Women As Head: According to the United Nations, presently, there are approximately 22 countries with women as head of the state, head of government, or both, which has increased more than 2 times since 2005.

8. Violence On Women Still Exists In Some Countries: In spite of the United Nations statement on the Elimination of Violence Against Women back in 1993, it has been decreased to an extent but not eliminated from some parts of the world. Currently, there are 1 out of 3 women worldwide who are the victims of domestic violence and harassment. Many countries have taken a step of making strict rules against the culprits and providing self-defence training to women, which will help in reducing the crime against them and then eliminating it from the world.

9. Employment For Females: In spite of the fact that women beat men in both secondary and senior education, unemployment rates immensely affect women in the world. As of 2015, the global female employment-to-population ratio was 48% approx. Whereas, for men, that was 73% approx.

10. Women As Corporate Employees: A sheer 14% of apex executive positions in Fortune 500 companies are contained by women. Barely 24 of those organizations have female CEOs. This is again an important point of consideration, where females must be given equal rights and position in the corporate world, which will eventually help in the betterment of the companies. Several well-known organizations are working on keeping the equal ratio of male and female employees for maintaining equality.

11. Age Of Marriage: 1 of the 5 women alive today is still married before the age of 18 or is a child bride which is causing several problems for them. Whereas things have been improved in the Middle East and north Africa by about 50% in the past 30 years where females are getting married at their ideal age.

Despite the harsh realities faced by women, they are still no less than men. Let’s talk about some accomplishments by the women worldwide:

12. The First Writer Of World’s First Novel: The Tale of Genji, which is mainly known to be the first novel of the world, was written by Murasaki Shikibu in Japan around 1000 AD.

13. First Female Governor Of The US State: Elected in the year 1924, Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first female governor of Wyoming. Wyoming also became the first state to give the right to vote to women, approving women’s franchise in 1869

14. First Woman Serving The US Congress: A Republican from Montana, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to serve in the US Congress. Jeannette was the only member of the US Congress to vote against entering the second world war.

15. First Woman General With Four Star In The US Military: In the year 2008, United States army general Ann E Dunwoody was the first women in US military history who achieved the rank of four-star general.

It’s time for the celebration of International Women’s Day 2017, which is asking you to #BeBoldForChange by taking innovative action that truly drives the significant and positive change for women. Each one of us, whether men, women and nonbinary people with the combined efforts can be a leader within our own circle of influence by taking bold and sensible actions to step-up gender equality. Through determined collaboration, we can help women progress and realize the limitless possibilities of the world.

References:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/146399-18-facts-to-share-on-international-womens-day

http://heavy.com/social/2015/03/international-womens-day-google-doodle-march-8-2015/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/us-news-blog/2012/mar/08/international-womens-day-top-facts

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