Celebrated since the early 1900's, International Women's Day became a United Nations-sanctioned, global holiday in1975. For 2019, the UN decided on the theme "Think equal, build smart, innovate for change." This is a time where we can reflect and appreciate the contributions made by women in society. Not all great stories make it to the books, movies, or social media, but know that your voice and actions matter.
There are countless accomplishments taking place every day, but we've gathered a few we wanted to share with you on International Women's Day.
◆ 47% of the U.S. workforce is made up of women
◆ 71% of women with children younger that 18 are employed in the U.S.
◆ The celebration in Russia in 1917 persuaded the government to give women the right to vote.
◆ Women currently hold 17% of Congressional and Senate seats and 18% of gubernatorial positions in the U.S.
◆ Captain Marvel will open in theaters today, which is the 2nd superhero movie with a female lead. The 1st movie to do so was Wonder Woman, which was released in 2018 and was also the highest grossing film directed by a woman.
◆ In the U.S., women earned 60% of college degrees awarded very year.
◆ Eleanor Roosevelt held women only press conferences when women were excluded from the media. This then pushed the media to hire more women which led Eleanor to be labeled as an advocate for equal rights.
◆ The first woman to run a major Hollywood studio was none other than Lucille Ball. The studio was named "Desilu Productions."
◆ Windshield wipers were invented by Mary Anderson in 1903. They were standard on all cars by 1916.
◆ Margaret Heafield was the director of software engineering for NASA’s Apollo space program. She wrote the mathematical sequence that enabled the Apollo mission to be successful.
To learn more about International Women's Day and visit the official website, click here.