In case you missed it, yesterday was International Women’s Day. Huzzah! I mean, it would be great if every single day shared the same enthusiasm about equality and respecting all women, but one step at a time. International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the 1900s, and now in 2015, it’s a recognized holiday in many countries. This year’s theme was Make It Happen, which was a pretty great way to kick off March considering it’s Women’s History Month in the United States.
I was quite busy yesterday, but every time I had a chance to check my Twitter and the #InternationalWomensDay trends, it made me so happy. Of course, there were some ridiculous people complaining about feminism. For the most part, though, there were just really inspiring and powerful messages that would have made any woman smile. Here are some of the best things that happened yesterday:
This Microsoft ad about girls who are interested in science and math ran, hoping to encourage girls not to give up on science or math:
These aren’t “boys” subjects. If you like science and math, keep it up!
And this one that showed what the world would be like without women:
You’ve probably noticed some empty billboards lately. This is why.
The Google Doodle was about women in STEM:
Emma Watson did an awesome Q&A on Facebook for HeForShe:
(This is Part One. You can view the rest online too!)
“HeForShe is about men coming to support women for femininity and for feminine qualities, because they are currently valued less in our society. Femininity needs to be embraced wherever it is, whether it be in a man or a woman or a non-conforming gender person.”
“My specific mandate is to advocate for women and girls but I also understand that these oppressions are interlocking, mutually reinforcing. Intersectionality is a really important word here.”
And there were lots and lots of great tweets:
Do not let your value be dependent on other people's opinions of you. #InternationalWomensDay
— Sydney Sierota (@sydneysierota) March 8, 2015
— k (@psychedvlic) March 8, 2015
One of my favorite Tumblr posts ever.
— S•C•B (@stonecoldbetch) March 8, 2015
This powerful reminder of what can happen if you stand up for what you believe in.
— NaYeon (@KNaye0na) March 8, 2015
Women of all shapes, colors, and sizes can do everything.
thank you to every woman who has fought for my right to tweet about #InternationalWomensDay
— Alexa Losey (@alexalosey) March 8, 2015
— Khaleesi (@Numolu) March 8, 2015
This reminder of why it’s not called humanism or equalism or whatever.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 8, 2015
A bunch of men celebrated too, which was cool.
— Stacey Tite (@amazinstace) March 8, 2015
— Eddy Davis (@EddyZDavis) March 8, 2015
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) March 8, 2015
If we stop telling girls what we can and can’t do, we’ll never think we can’t! Seriously.
— tasmi (@tasmiimlak) March 8, 2015
There was this look at why we need things like feminism in the first place.
— AllBlackFebruary (@PoCBeauty) March 8, 2015
Malala continues to be the most inspirational person ever.
— Theo James (@divergentddl) March 8, 2015
— Aimee Richardson (@Aimee_P_R) March 8, 2015
An important reminder that intersectionality is IMPERATIVE.
— The Vagenda Team (@VagendaMagazine) March 8, 2015
Why wouldn’t you want to support yourself?
Being a feminist is often seen negatively. But ultimately, female or male, if you want equality, you are one. End of.#InternationalWomensDay
— Eddy Davis (@EddyZDavis) March 8, 2015
RT if you think #InternationalWomensDay should be declared an official holiday worldwide
— Sephora (@Sephora) March 8, 2015
While International Women’s Day is a holiday in some countries, it would be amazing if it were one in every country.
There were a lot of people who were like “What about International Men’s Day?” So we were all like:
It's ironic how #InternationalWomensDay always seems to coincide with International Sexism on Twitter Day.
— cluedont (@cluedont) March 8, 2015
Lots of rape threats and sexist comments were thrown out yesterday, like every other day on the internet.
Hey meninists, feminism is gender equality, not female supremacy, so knock it off. #InternationalWomensDay
— Jesse (@Decoy_AU) March 8, 2015
— Aral Balkan (@aral) March 8, 2015
Dear Men moaning about #InternationalWomensDay . You realise that GLOBALLY it is sort of your day the other 364 don't you? That's the point
— Rae Earl (@RaeEarl) March 8, 2015
Literally every other day of the year.
— taylor (@trnez) March 8, 2015
Did you celebrate International Women’s Day? How did you celebrate? What do you think about feminism? Tell us in the comments below!
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