Today marks International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
First observed on February 28th, 1909 in New York, it has become a symbol both of celebration and need for change.
Whilst there is still undoubtedly a long, long way to go, here are a few ways different people are marking the day.
The airline celebrated the day early. On Monday they launched the UK’s biggest ever all-female flight.
Flying from London to Glasgow, all crew involved in the journey were female. From baggage handlers and security to check-in staff and pilots.
Women currently only make up around 3-4% of the industry’s professional pilots. British Airways were hoping to inspire a new wave of female pilots. They even invited seven women aged between 16-18 who had done work experience with the airline to join the flight as passengers.
Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic are also operating all-female flights today. Easyjet will also have a woman in the cockpit for more than 300 other flights.
— British Airways (@British_Airways) March 8, 2018
The fast-food chain flipped it’s famous golden arches to mark the day.
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) March 7, 2018
The iconic toy doll have revealed a range of 17 special editions inspired by some of the most iconic women from around the world.
Amongst those included are US snowboarding champion, Chloe Kim, UK boxing champion – Nicola Adams OBE, Polish journalist, Martyna Wojciechowska and Chinese actress, Xiaotong Guan.
This #InternationalWomensDay, we are honoring more female role models than ever before. Introducing the largest addition to our Sheroes line to date – meet our new Global Sheroes.
— Barbie (@Barbie) March 7, 2018
Washington Pass The Equal Pay Opportunity Act
It’s the first update to the state’s equal pay laws in over 70 years. As a result the act will…
- Protects the right of workers to share their wage or salary information with co-workers without fear of retaliation
- Creates a new right of action for women who are unfairly passed over for promotions or tracked into lower paying jobs
- Provides a new administrative remedy for wage discrimination (which means that women can receive back wages without needing to hire an attorney and filing a lawsuit).
— MomsRising (@MomsRising) March 7, 2018
#MeToo hits Asia
Whilst similar hashtags had gained some traction previously on Weibo (China’s equivalent of Twitter), it was quickly censored to try and deter activists.
However, they persevered. The Chinese symbols for Rice and Rabbit are pronounced “mi-tu”. Since then the Rice Rabbit has become a symbol for women in the country.
Marches have been organised both across China and South Korea, as women demand change.
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) March 8, 2018
The Eiffel Tower
On the even of International Women’s Day, Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower proudly displayed the phrase #MaintenantOnAgit. French for “Now We Act”. It referenced the tagline of France’s #TimesUp movement, which was lead by actresses in the country to protest violence and promote equality.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, the mayor of @Paris , @Anne_Hidalgo campaigned for the Women’s Foundation. The message “MaintenantOnAgit” is projected onto the Eiffel Tower this Wednesday, March 7th from 7pm to midnight. pic.twitter.com/Th8A0Ywd6U
— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) March 7, 2018