International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the “social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” In addition, it also serves as a platform to advocate for equal representation of women and gender parity throughout society. International Women’s Day is not specific to any group, culture, region, society or population but is instead celebrated as a worldwide, international day. According to www.internationalwomensday.com…

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1911 when it was established during the Suffragette movement. Events such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, WWI and other socio-political events brought much awareness and education to the role of women in society.

Here at Compete Sports Diversity, we do our best to recognize the contributions and impact that women have in sports. Here are some of our favorite stories from the past year recognizing the important of gender parity and women in sports.

These articles only scratch the surface to the true diversity and scope of women all over the world who are working their asses off in the fight for gender parity and equal representation. We celebrate and honor the contributions of all women in our society who fight for what’s right. Happy International Women’s Day 2019!

By Dirk Smith