Choose to Challenge with International Women’s Day – 8th March 2021

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa

Celebrations will soon begin for the annual event, International Women’s Day which takes place on 8th March. The running theme this year being ‘Choose to Challenge’ with supporters being urged to get involved and pledge to help make a difference.

As society we’ve come a very long way from the ideals that women should stay home and raise a family. Women can now raise a family and educate themselves whilst running a kick-ass business venture from home. So then it begs the question, why do we have this day? and the truth is, that while it may seem that barriers have been broken, there is still a long way to go.

Sure young girls and teens growing up now see their mothers, aunts, other peers and celebrities wearing what they want, holding powerful positions and sporting slogans like ‘This Girl Can’ thus empowering impressionable minds, but the hard truth is that we are still fighting for equality in many ways.

Though International Women’s Day first began in 1911 and has worked to shine a light on women’s issues, sadly over 100 years later, we’re still looking for change.

Only in 2015 actor Patricia Arquette called out Hollywood for the Gender Pay Gap, campaigning for a woman’s right to equal pay to their male counterparts.

In 2020 scandal broke when it was found certain festival bills included only one female headliner, the whole festival bill having less than 10% women performing. This led to the 1975 singer Matty Healy publicly announcing that the band will no longer play festivals that didn’t support a Gender Balanced bill.

A statement on the IWD website reads “…We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world…” which is reminiscent of a quote by Mother Teresa, “…I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples…” – together each person making a stand can create those ripples of change.

So what will you Choose to Challenge? Get involved today by posting a picture of yourself with your hand high committing to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world. Use the hashtag #choosetochallenge and #IWD2021 on social media platforms.

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