Associations to Recognize on International Women’s Day

Today, March 8, 2013, is International Women’s Day. How did I first find this out? It’s trending on #Twitter. Check it out:

International Women's Day

Yes, I’m that girl who uses Twitter as a primary source for news now.

Anywho, I Google searched International Women’s Day, thinking that it was something new. Boy, was I wrong! Not only has this holiday been around for awhile- it’s actually been celebrated since the early 1900’s. As a woman, I feel like I’ve been living under a rock because this information has not been passed across my eyes until NOW! Here’s what I found about the historic holiday from good ole Wikipedia:

“The first national Women’s Day was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America…Inspired in part by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual ‘International Woman’s Day’ (singular) and was seconded by fellow socialist and later communist leader Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified at that conference. Delegates (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights, including suffrage, for women. The following year, on 18 March 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland….Women demanded that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. “ -To check out the entire Wikipedia page, click here.

This holiday has inspired me to do some investigating on a few of MultiView‘s partners to see how associations have empowered women since the push for equal gender rights. Here’s what I found:

1. One of our many partnering associations is the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). They’ve been an association since 1915! What does this show us? The big push for women’s rights the years before the beginning of AMWA gave these women in the medical industry the courage to begin their own association!

2. Executive Women’s International (EWI), another one of our partners, was established in San Francisco in 1938 in order to bring international women together to promote their businesses. Today, more than 2000 companies and 2300 representatives from the U.S. and Canada are members of EWI. Talk about influence!

3. We partner with many other astounding women associations such as the Alliance for Women in Media, American Society of Women Accountants, Sisters in Christ Women’s Fellowship Ministry, and more! Make sure to check these associations out. GIRL POWER!

What makes me proud to be a working woman in the 21st Century? Glad you asked! I am so proud of the women before me who stood up for equal rights. I would not be sitting here, typing this blog post for a digital media company as the Communications Manager, if it weren’t for those women. And for that, I’m grateful beyond belief.

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