International Women’s Day Gives Us Pause on the Issue of Human Rights

March 8th Provides Educational Opportunity Along with Celebrating Womanhood

Celebrated as a national holiday in some countries, International Women’s Day sheds light on women’s role in societies around the world – past and present. In addition to the learning opportunities that the event presents, families can attend a local celebration  to engage in community-based learning about the importance of women’s voices. Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for suggestions!

On March 8th, communities from all over the world will celebrate International Women’s Day – an event that honors the economic, political, and social achievements past and present, and brings light to the continuing efforts to achieve worldwide gender equality. Recognized as a national holiday in some countries, International Women’s Day presents opportunities not only to celebrate and honor womanhood, but to learn about important women in history and their achievements.

Using online resources, families can explore the meaning of International Women’s Day. Videos showing everything from international political leaders discussing the importance of the holiday to documentary-style looks at women’s lives in many cultures to women’s role in history can help families to learn about the past, present, and future of women’s role in society worldwide.

Comparing and contrasting women’s lives in the United States and in other countries can help to provide perspective on the differing role of women in cultures around the world. Additionally, an exploration of the history of International Women’ Day can help families to learn about the history of women’s rights in the United States, and internationally!

[Photo credit: (cc) Joseph Morris]

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