International Women’s Day

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday we focused on Women’s History, which is celebrated in March, and International Women’s Day, which is March 8th. We started our conversation by selecting women in history and finding out when they lived, what they accomplished and any other significant facts about them. Some of the women we honored were Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Asma Khader, Florence Griffith Joyner, Marie Curie, Mother Teresa, Simone Weil, Susan B. Anthony, Queen Elizabeth of England, Sojouner Truth, Indira Ghandi, Princess Diana, and Rosa Parks.Image result for women in history

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for all their achievement and it is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments. Most importantly, it’s to look ahead to the potential and opportunities for future generations of women.

This year’s theme of International Women’s Day is “Women in the Changing World of Work” . We talked about current conditions of the global labor force and women. We discussed some of the issues that women face, including, pay inequity, access to jobs and opportunities, harassment in the work place, and general advancement and recognition.  Here are some of the facts we reviewed:




We talked about in our own countries what is the role of women in the labor force and how are women viewed and treated in their jobs and occupations. What has changed? What needs to change?  Then we watch this video that celebrates women and their innovations that changed lives


We wrapped up our celebration of Women by watching this video of a poem “Today I Rise”  as you watch it, read the poem here.

We talked about the poem, it’s message and meaning, and agreed that everyday we all rise! And lastly, this song is for all women, everywhere, everyday!

Every job is a woman’s job!

Photos: Vidura Jang Bahadur, Vidura Jang Bahadur, UN Women/Ryan Brown, Andrei Dolghier, UN Women/Ryan Brown, UN Women/Ryan Brown, UN Women/Joe Saad, UN Women/Joe Saad, UN Women/Joe Saad, UN Women/Dragana B. Stevanovic, UN Photo/Marco Dormino, UN Women/Ryan Brown, UN Women/Christopher Herwig, World Bank/Maria Fleischmann, Abbie Trayler-Smith, UN Women ECA/Rena Effendi, UN Women/Janarbek Amankulov, UN Women/Janarbek Amankulov, UNAMA/Fardin Waezi, UN Women/Janarbek Amankulov, CIAT/Georgina Smith


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