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International Women’s Day (IWD) is held on the 8th of March every year, and it is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and the day has been observed since the early 1900’s. It is believed to have first began in New York City in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through the streets demanding voting rights for women, better pay and shorter working hours. Then a year later in 1909, the first National Women’s Day was recognised across the US on the 28th of February.

International Women’s Day isn’t solely run by one particular organisation, group or charity, and many organisations celebrate the day with their own specific theme that supports their agenda. In some countries IWD is on par with Mother’s Day, and children present small gifts to their mothers and grandmothers.

This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange. People are encouraged to step up and take ground-breaking action to help drive gender equality.  IWD is still being celebrated because the original aim has still not been met, there is still a pay gap between genders (which the World Economic Forum says may not close until 2186) and women are still not equally present in business and politics.

Here at Industrial Personnel we believe very strongly in equality, and support any and all causes which support this. The point really should be that gender doesn’t matter at all, neither does race, religion, sexual orientation or physical ability, and everyone should be given an opportunity to contribute to society in a positive way. If people would stop being divided by difference and celebrate the privilege of being human, things could be a lot simpler….

If you would like to find out more about International Women’s Day, please visit

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