As International Women’s Day swiftly approaches, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and consider the importance of the women’s rights movement, how far its come, how it’s impacted on sports and how you can contribute to the campaign’s momentum.
Contrary to popular belief, this annual day of celebration isn’t about how great and awesome women are, it’s not a big trumpet blowing extravaganza where we put down men to elevate the female race. International Women’s Day is a celebration of the women’s rights movement, the achievement of women and their influence to bring about social, economic, political and cultural changes that promote a more gender equal society.
So what is IWD and where did it originate from?
International Women’s Day has been recognised since the early 1900’s. Originally a movement from the US, IWD is now a globally celebrated event involving nations from all over the world who rally together, host events, fundraisers and most of all, awareness for women’s rights.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” – Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist
The colour purple has become a tradition associated IWD, along with green and white which began with the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK in 1908. Since then, even the colours of feminism have changed with the advancement of the movement. Purple represents justice and dignity, green for hope and white for purity, however white is no longer used as much given the many different interpretations of the term “purity”. The second wave of feminism saw the introduction of the colour yellow, signifying “new dawn” which is now recognised as progressive contemporary feminism.