Happy International Women's Day! I first learned of this global celebration while in Norway in 2005. I was shopping for shoes at a mall, and kept being handed a long stem rose in each store I visited, and as I exited the mall. I had to ask my colleague Anita Holmebakken Jakobsen what it all meant. Then we were both surprised it wasn't a 'thing' in America.
I'm happy to say that it is more a 'thing' in America than it has ever been before, for lots of reasons. I applaud all who take the time on this day to recognize the efforts women have been making historically in order to be taken with equal seriousness and respect as men, and applaud all male allies who have worked to further equality. It started over a century ago motivated by women demanding the right to vote and hold office.
We all have an opportunity to call out bias and inequality, in any form. Collectively, we can all help create a more inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.
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Image from Sarah Rose Creative; the 2021 IWD Theme: Choose to Challenge