International Women's Day Turns 100

Not often do we stop and look back at all that has been accomplished by and for women in the past 100 years. But yesterday, on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, we and our network partners had a chance to reflect, celebrate, and reinvigorate our determination to advance equality and equal opportunity. Here at NCRW, Tiffany Dufu, President of the White House Project, contributed a blog post on The Real Deal, And "M" made James Bond stop and think about inequality! Our member centers, who work tirelessly on the multitude of issues affecting women and girls nationally and globally, also paid tribute to those who have fought for change. 

Just in case you missed any of the inspiring 100th anniversary celebrations of International Women’s Day, we have composed an overview. If we missed your contribution, add your IWD commemorative actions by leaving a comment.

Women’s Media Center EXCLUSIVE: Celebrating International Women’s Day: Reflections from Natalie Portman, Maya Angelou and Other Renowned Women

  • In honor of the 100th annivrsary of International Women’s Day, Marianne Schnall put together a selection of quotes on empowering women and girls from previous interviews with renowned and influential women leaders. Read the full article here.

AAUW Virtual Community Celebrates International Women’s Day

  • The AAUW Virtual Community Project sponsored an International Women's Day celebration in Second Life this past Saturday. Participants enjoyed an afternoon of music, socializing and a tour of the virtual classroom. More details here.

Ms. Foundation for Women Anika Rahman on International Women's Day: Miles to Walk, in the US and Across the Seas

  • Rahman, President and CEO of Ms. Foundation, celebrates International Women’s Day with a look at the challenges still facing American women. Learn more about how the situation of women in the U.S. stacks up to other countries and read Rahman’s rundown of current struggles here.

Catalyst Taking Stock

  • Catalyst celebrated International Women’s Day by taking a moment to reflect on their mission: “Changing workplaces. Changing lives.” While there is no longer a dearth of women role models in politics and business, the gender pay gap still hasn’t closed. One way Catalyst is taking action for this year’s IWD official theme “Pathway to Decent Work for Women” is by launching their first Israel Census. Read more here.

WEDO Celebrating 100 Years of Celebrating Women!

  • The 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day coincides with WEDO’s celebration of 20 years promoting women’s rights in environment and development. In the spirit of international collaboration, WEDO shared a site where you can view this year’s IWD events around the world.

Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers “The Socialist Origins of International Women’s Day”

  • CWGL shared Temma Kaplan’s 1987 article “The Socialist Origins of International Women’s Day.” Kaplan is a Professor of History at Rutgers and a member of the Women's and Gender Studies faculty. 

Women Thrive Worldwide 100th Anniversary

Hollaback 100 Stories for 100 Years

  • Hollaback collected 100 stories of street harassment for the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Watch the inspiring video of women all around the world who hollaback and share your own story here. You can also hollaback at the Argentinean journalist Juan Terranova (who wrote that he wanted to rape the Buenos Aires Hollaback representative) by demanding his resignation here.

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