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International Women’s Day – March 8, 2021

Date: March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day – March 8, 2021

Recognized annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is a global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of all women, worldwide.   It’s also a day dedicated to raising awareness about women’s equality and continued lobby for accelerated gender parity.

Throughout history and most notably here in the U.S., women have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship.  The following facts were compiled by the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Nichols College and the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University:

  • In the U.S., women represent 47% of the workforce
  • Women make up more than 26% of all members in the 117th Congress (the highest percentage in U.S. history)
  • Women are the primary or sole breadwinner in 40% of U.S. families

Working to further improve these statistics, courageous women have marched for, and won, the right to vote, campaigned against injustices, shattered countless barriers, and expanded the possibilities of American life.  Our history is also replete with examples of the unfailing bravery and grit of women in America, particularly in times of crisis and emergency.

In our current period of uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, women continue to lead.  From scientists, vaccine researchers, physicians, to public health officials, and the countless heroines on the frontlines, women are working around the clock to defeat COVID-19.  Women, and particularly women of color, also make up the majority of America’s essential workers, including educators and child care providers, grocery store workers, day laborers, gig-economy workers, aviation workers, and others who are keeping our families, and our communities afloat. 

This year has also marked an historic milestone of women’s leadership 232 years in the making, with the inauguration of America’s first woman Vice President. 

During Women’s History Month, let us honor the accomplished and visionary women who have helped build our country, including those whose contributions have not been adequately recognized and celebrated.  And while we pay tribute to the trailblazers from the recent and past for daring to envision a future for building endless possibilities for all women, we must champion those among us who are rising to better all our futures.

For more information about Women in History events sponsored by The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), please go to our website at www.unitedafa.org.

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