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.
- Bernice Sandler who was the godmother of Title IX passed away last January. She led the charge to open opportunities for women in education.
- Serena Williams is leading the effort to challenge the societal standards of femininity and people of color in sports.
- Amazin LêThi is challenging the stereotypes and building representation of LGBTI Asian Athletes and equality in sports. She is also advocating against toxic masculinity in sports by sharing her background in bodybuilding.
- Billie Jean King was awarded BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in building equal pay and representation of women’s tennis, including the founding of the Women’s Tennis Association.
- Big League Chew Bubblegum Company is featuring a female ball player on their packaging for the first time.
- Patricia Neil Warren, author of “The Front Runner” and godmother of the LGBT sports movement passed away.
- Atlanta Women in Sports hosted a conference in the week leading up to the Super Bowl for discussion and education of issues effecting women in sports.
- Amanda Nunes is the first and only woman to win two UFC titles.
- 1000 Dreams Fund launches grant and scholarship program for young women to pursue STEM careers in eSports.
- Tonya Harding is set to share her story and speak out against domestic abuse and domestic violence on March 14th.
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