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International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

I love being a woman!  Thankfully, I have grown up in a time where amazing women have paved the way for me to be able to proudly say that I love being a woman.  Throughout history, so many women have tirelessly fought for women’s rights, but the fight is not over.  Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day.  It is a day celebrated worldwide to highlight the achievements both culturally and politically of women.  Women are so valuable in today’s society.  I mean, come on, even Beyonce said women run the world!   

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) in 1869 to continuously fight for women’s rights.  In the 1900s, women suffered from pay inequality, no voting rights, and were worked tirelessly.  In 1908, 15,000 women marched for their rights in New York City.  On August 18th, 1920, white women were granted the right to vote in the United States.  But that is still not enough.  Finally, in 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed, which allowed all women the right to vote in the United States, but we’re still not done!   

Five Facts about International Women’s Day  

1. Recognized by the United Nations  

In 1975 the United Nations officially adopted International Women’s Day.  

2. A day for mothers  

Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, and Uzbekistan celebrate International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day together.   

3. Theme change 

Each year International Women’s Day has a theme.  In 2020, the theme was “An equal world in an enabled world.”  

4. Wage gap 

In 2015, the UN reported that women still earn 24% less than men do on average worldwide.  

5. Women are powerful  

In Algeria, women make up 70% of their lawyers and 60% of their judges.  

 

With the insurance industry being such a male-dominated field, the Women in Insurance Initiative (WII) is on a mission to increase diversity and inclusion within the insurance industry.  The WII recruitsmentors, and sponsors women to take the initiative and drive towards equality in advancements and leadership positions for women in insurance.  The WII is also partnered with the Million Women Mentors network, which conducts research and brings the insurance industry together to pursue one common goal.  

 

Sources: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – March 8th, 2021 | National Today,  Women In Insurance (acord.org) 

 

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