The Importance of International Women’s Day

intlwmnsdayBy Kayla Goggans 

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]I [/dropcap]didn’t find out that women had a day each year until around 6th grade. My Dad and I were driving to the grocery store. He always had NPR on. He asked if I knew what day it was.

March 7th I told him.

“It’s International Women’s Day!” he exclaimed. [divider type="dashed"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]I [/dropcap]didn’t understand or maybe didn’t care. He told me that all day he listened to these incredible stories about women on NPR. They were having marches and festivals all over the world. I remember wondering why it was such a quiet holiday in the U.S. Or maybe this was just a prank, there was no holiday.  

The next year I was a slightly more aware. I was developing opinions and stances on the world. I was getting radical in my little Florida town. On March 7th I wished the female teachers I had “Happy International Women’s Day!” They didn’t understand and politely giggled at me thinking that I was just kidding.

Imagine how connected we women could be if we had that day to just celebrate the feminine. To just celebrate the feats we have made. To look back and see where we came from and honor those who have led us to this incredible future, and listen to those who will bring us to an even greater future. [divider type="dashed"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]hrough my life I have searched for heroes. First it was Anne of Green Gables then Amelia Earhart then Rachel Carson and Eugenie Clark. I would dig through the biography section and find all the female heroes I could find and figure out how I could be like them.

These women were strong and powerful. They were smart and knew what they needed to be doing in the world. Their direction and focus made them these incredible figures in history.

These are just some of the women we should remember on International Women’s day. [divider type="dashed"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]S[/dropcap]uch a day should be as big of a day as (at least) St. Patrick’s Day. A day where you can go out and celebrate any way you want to.  It is a day we should feel united together as women rather than the usual isolation we feel towards one another solely because of the pressure of life. [pullquote align="right"]Through my life I have searched for heroes. First it was Anne of Green Gables then Amelia Earhart then Rachel Carson and Eugenie Clark. I would dig through the biography section and find all the female heroes I could find and figure out how I could be like them. [/pullquote]

In 2011, when I was living in New York, there were events being held in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Workers fell to their deaths out of the windows of a building that still stands, and 126 female workers died because of lack of care put into the environment.

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]W[/dropcap]e live in an extraordinary and ever-changing world where we have the right to fight for what we feel we deserve.

International Women’s day will allow women to remember what we have fought for.

In 1776, the men in this country voted for independence from Britain.

144 years later, women were allowed to participate in this act through the Nineteenth Amendment.

Let’s never forget what we have fought for and what we are now fighting for. [divider type="dashed"]