Why do we still celebrate International Women’s Day?
- The original aim – to achieve full gender equality for women the world – has still not been realised.
- A gender pay gap persists across the globe and women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics.
- According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won’t close until 2186.
- According to a 2017 report by the World Economic Forum, it could still take another 100 years before the global equality gap between men and women disappears entirely.
- In 2017, women effectively worked “for free” for 51 days of the year because of the gender pay gap.
- Women are also paid less than half than men at some of Britain’s major companies, according to recent gender pay gap figures.
- In 2017, women’s rights dominated the news, with a global reckoning on sexual misconduct rippling through industries
- 2018 marks 100 years since (some) women were given the right to vote in the UK: the introduction of the People’s Representation Act on February 6, 1918 permitted women over 30 who owned a house the right to vote.
The theme for IWD 2018 is #PressforProgress, a nod to the growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support surrounding gender parity and sexism. Inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the aim of the theme is to encourage people to continue the vocal fight for equality.
For this year’s International Women’s Day we’ve created our own bespoke badges with fun but meaningful statements, which aims to unite and not segregate men and women or women and women.
Whether we’re fighting for equality in the work place or promoting better support amongst the sisterhood, we can all do something to highlight this important day.
If you would like to purchase a badge set of three for £10, all profits are being donated to charity and the price includes P&P.
Huge love to all WOmen supporting this day and changing the lives of the women who come after us.