Everything you need to know about International Women’s Day 2022

We have put together a guide for everything you need to know about International Women’s Day (IWD).

Keep reading to learn more about what the day is, when it is, the history behind it, how to celebrate and what the theme is for 2022.

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a united day of celebration to focus on women’s history, the struggles women have been through and how women are still overcoming barriers across the world.

When is International Women’s Day?

Each year, the day is globally celebrated on the March 8th.

When did International Women’s Day start?

Although the day has gained prominence in recent years as a result of things such as the #MeToo movement, the history of International Women’s Day dates back to the early 1900s.

As far as we know, the first “National Woman’s Day” was observed in the United States on February 28th, 1909. The day was inspired by the labour movement in 1908, when 15,000 female garment workers went on strike in New York City in protest of poor working conditions. The event was organised by a Ukrainian suffragist named Clara Lemlich.

After a German women’s rights activist, Clare Zetkin, proposed it at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1910, the day became internationally recognised. On March 19th, 1911, the day was declared an international celebration for the first time.

It wasn’t until 1996 that themes were assigned to the day, with the first being “Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future.” Since then, the dates have changed, but it is now always celebrated on March 8th.

Why do we need an International Women’s Day?

You may be wondering why you should celebrate International Women’s Day. Well, that’s because although a lot has changed for women, we still need the day to celebrate women’s achievements and recognise that we need to take further action towards gender parity.

All over the world, the rights women have are different. International Women’s Day stands for issues on a global scale. The day raises awareness, unites the world and gives women a voice.

What is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day?

The International Women’s Day theme this year is #BreakTheBias. The theme focuses on a gender-equal world that is free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that is diverse and inclusive.

The goal is to encourage everyone to break down prejudice in their communities, workplaces, schools, and universities. We can all focus on breaking the bias on March 8th and throughout the year if we work together.

Young woman striking the #BreakTheBias pose - her palms are crossed in front of her upper body

Crossing your arms is a great way to show your support for the theme. By striking the pose and using the hashtag #BreakTheBias, you can encourage others to celebrate the day and contribute to a more inclusive world.

If you’re an Inclusive Employers member, you could also use our social media sheets to pledge how you are going to #BreakTheBias.

How to celebrate International Women’s Day

There are plenty of ways to celebrate International Women’s Day this year. Take a look at the suggestions below to start the conversation and celebrate the day.

Resources

The International Women’s Day website has a selection of resources for you to choose from, which you can access here. You can use these resources to plan International Women’s Day activities and effectively raise awareness.

Share knowledge

Undertake some research and find some International Women’s Day facts to share with those around you. Whether you have a story of your own to tell or have some useful information, it will benefit others to hear more about the day and why it happens.

Consider what International Women’s Day means to you

Consider what you want the day to mean to you. Recognise why you want to spread the message and why you want to be a part of it. The fact that you’re reading this article is a great place to start when it comes to making a difference; small steps like these can have the greatest impact.

Use Inclusive Employers resources

The #BreakTheBias theme strongly resonates with us at Inclusive Employers and is what we’re here for – to promote and help create a more inclusive world.

If you’re already a member, you can access our International Women’s Day resources to support your organisation’s activities and find ways to celebrate International Women’s Day at work.

If you’re not yet a member, get in touch today to see how we can help.