International Women’s Day: #ChooseToChallenge

International Women's Day is celebrated each year, on March 8. Readers and communities celebrate the day by circulating history and celebrating brave women, from various intersections and communities. IWD is an opportunity for rise awareness about equal rights and to share the objective of Women’s History Month: “Women's rights are human rights!” We celebrate all women, in all their diversities.

This Year’s theme: This year’s theme: 'Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.' Statement on International Women's Day. Readers from around the world can all choose to join this year’s challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. As many readers seek out and celebrate women's achievements, utilize Black Literature to explore women’s history. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. Why International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th? The campaign for change started to become more vocal when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pays as well as voting rights. In 1909, the first Women's Day was observed across United States. Later, it was decided that March 8 can the globally accepted day to celebrate IWD.

How to Become Involved? From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge. While celebrating this year’s theme, libraries and bookstores urge communities to choose to be #EachforEqual. The National Women's Party suggest wearing purple on International Women's Day since “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause.” It is also the color of dignity and self-respect and signifies bipartisanship.


What to wear on International Women’s Day? Purple, green and white are the colors of IWD according to the International Women's Day website. "Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity.


Check out this collection of literature by Black Women. There is something for you!