Every year on March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).

This day is a time to recognize and celebrate the many achievements of women and girls from all over the world socially, economically, culturally, and politically.

Join Kool FM on March 8th as we celebrate International Women’s Day by playing 100% female artists only.

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Join us in honouring all the incredible women in our lives and from all over the world. The ones that raised us, taught us, helped shape us, fought for us, inspired us, and showed us the importance of gender equality, and the remaining work that we still need to do.

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Why We Celebrate International Women’s Day

We celebrate International Women’s Day every year as a chance to celebrate the impact that women make around the world. But while people in countless countries partake in the day, not many know the origins of the international holiday and how it began.

When Did International Women’s Day Begin

The first International Woman’s Day was celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, according to the BBC.

The lineage of the celebration can be traced back to 1908 when 15,000 female workers marched in New York City. They sought more humane working hours, better pay, and the right to vote. The Socialist Party of America would go on to declare the first National Woman’s Day in 1909.

Sometime after 1945, the name of the day changed from International “Woman’s” Day to International “Women’s” Day. And in 1975, the United Nations formally recognized and celebrated the event for the first time.

According to the official website, IWD is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” The day honours the progress and achievements of women all over the world. But it’s also a vehicle to raise awareness and encourage accelerated gender parity and fundraise for female-focused charities.

What Are The Official Colours Of International Women’s Day?

The colours of IWD are purple, green, and white.

Purple symbolizes justice and dignity, while green represents hope and white represents purity. (The latter is considered controversial by some.) These three colours originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908.

What Is The 2023 International Women’s Day Theme?

This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity. The campaign emphasizes the importance of equity and the difference between equity and equality. The focus is on creating an inclusive world where every person has the opportunity to succeed. To achieve this goal, everyone must embrace equity and actively support it in their daily lives.

This year’s campaign calls for collective activism and encourages people to challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, and seek out inclusion. Together we can all help forge a world of equality, and it starts by embracing equity today and always.

To learn more about IWD head to the Government of Canada, IWD website, and Canadian Women’s Foundation websites.

LOCAL EVENT: The Annual International Women’s Day Empowerment Luncheon

March 8th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM: The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie is hosting an Empowerment Luncheon with keynote speaker Jayne Pritchard.