It’s the 8th of March and women all around the world are being praised and adored. You are showered with petals and sweet words that you just cannot get enough of. There are discounts at spas, malls and restaurants and life can’t possibly get any better. You walk into a room, and the compliments and the smiles directed at you, makes you want to melt. A day dedicated just for women! Isn’t that just perfect?
The answer would be a hard no. It seems as if the world thinks that celebrating the presence of women, one out of the 365 days in the year, is an excuse to treating them miserably for the rest of the year. Women are always in the backseat when it comes to today’s world. Although, things have progressed from where they once used to be, we can all agree that it’s a slow-moving coach. Women’s opinions are degraded when it comes to careers, politics, society, and even family given that the world is patriarchal.
So, this International Women’s Day, we at Satyn want to uncover the true purpose of the 8th of March.
The history of the Women’s Day:
International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. On the 28th of February 1909, America celebrated its first National Women’s Day, to honor the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York. It was established by The Socialist Party of America that the women who protested for better working conditions deserve their own day to celebrate what they’ve accomplished.
As time went on, there were many celebrations to appreciate women, but women’s day as we know it, started in 1975 which was the International Year of Women. The UN declared that the 8th of March would from then on, be known as The International Women’s Day. We’ve come a long way since then, thanks to all the amazing women who sacrificed their tears, blood and sweat for the purpose.
The colors that signify Women’s Day:
Internationally, purple is a color for symbolizing women. Historically the combination of purple, green and white to symbolize women’s equality. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity but is no longer used due to ‘purity’ being a controversial concept. The introduction of yellow representing a ‘new dawn’ is commonly used to signify a second wave of feminism. Thus, purple with green represents traditional feminism, purple with yellow represents progressive contemporary feminism.
How do we move forward?
The 8th of March, is still worldwide known as the IWD, but what does it mean to move forward from just one day a year? Everyday should be women’s day. We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards. Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers. This, along with a less patriarchal world and more open minded people, would hopefully achieve a future for women that’s not tainted by inequality.