Ok, so I’ll admit it, I found out it was International Women's Day via trending topics on Twitter today. Half of my readers have now stopped reading! For those of you that are still here, I wanted to discuss the actual meaning of the day. What is it? What does it mean?
The first thought that comes to mind is all the way back in middle school; women's history month. I’ve got fond memories of sitting in class in Southern California, my classmates'/friends' mothers coming in dressed as Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, and countless others. But it occurs to me that International Women’s day must be much more than women in history, or we wouldn’t need a whole day for it.
So maybe it's like Mother’s Day. A day set aside to honor the women who raised each and every one of us, through the tough times and the good times, and loved us no matter what. But we’ve got a day for that too, so it obviously can't be like mother’s day.
Running out of ideas. Maybe it's about women in business today. Strong, powerful, successful women such as Charlotte Beers, who broke the glass ceiling in advertising and forever altered the creative scene in the United States. Or Hillary Clinton, a former First Lady, Senator, legitimate Presidential candidate, and current Secretary of State; in short one of the most influential PEOPLE (not just women) in the world today.
Maybe that’s too “big picture”. What about the women we work with every day, without whom, the day to day operations of the company would be impossible? The star saleswomen, the executives making the tough calls, the creative women designing today’s top marketing campaigns; is International Women’s Day about these wonderfully talented women?
Could it be a political movement? A call to action to eliminate the pay gap between hard working women and their equally hard working, better paid male counterparts? Is it about empowering women in countries less fortunate than the United States, such as the nations of the Middle East?
Are any of these definitions, or the infinite ones that could follow, the correct definition? In reality, I think thats a trick question. International Women’s Day is just that. A day across the world dedicated to women. To all of these things; not just one. Because in the end, women are a combination of all these things. They’re loving, smart, creative, driven, innovative, talented, and more! So for International Women’s Day, I’d like to thank all the women who make a difference in the world.
That’s what International Women’s Day means to me. What does today mean to you? Tell us what you think on Twitter: @theadclub #InternationalWomensDay.