The world is celebrating International Women's Day. So you know what that means. Lithuanian police officers are probably giving tulips to female drivers again. But an online feminist community called the School of Feminism has suggested another cool way to commemorate the occasion.
Posters. The organization uploaded a series of designs to the internet, listing some of the biggest achievements that societies' have earned in their quest towards equality. "Thanks to feminists, women can vote, work, abort [their pregnancies], divorce [spouses], wear pants, read any book [they like], use birth control, take out a loan..." Anyone who wants to use the posters can download and print out the designs or simply share them online.
"There are still many rights to fight for to achieve real equality between women and men around the world," School of Feminism concluded. "Let's keep up the fight."
"There are many things [women can] thank feminism for," School of Feminism told Bored Panda. "From being able to vote to wearing pants, these are just a few obvious things that we do not consider on a day to day basis and that is why our simple and clear message has been so viral. But despite of all our achievements, we continue to live in a tremendously macho and unequal society. Do not forget that there still are many rights to fight for to achieve real equality throughout the world."
"Everyone has the potential to make a change in the world," they said. "When we released this series, we didn’t expect such a huge reaction because we didn’t have a community to share the project with." However, people in the internet found it despite the low like count on School of Feminism's social media pages. "We published the images on our personal accounts and they began to spread quickly."
"We are receiving messages from all around the world, including Spain, Portugal, Mexico, France, Italy, Chile, Poland, Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, thanking us thanks and asking us to translate the posters into their native languages."
"We’ve ignited a worldwide conversation about feminism, and people are actively commenting and sharing their points of view thought direct messages and comments. To us, this is a great achievement because there still are people who do not understand that Feminism, as Angela Davis said, 'is the radical idea that women are human beings.'"
"We firmly believe that through [active] communication we can translate the concepts of Feminism into something so simple, everyone will be able to understand and embrace it."
After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women's Day on February 28, 1909, in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference suggested that Women's Day be held annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. Then, socialist movements and communist countries began celebrating that day until it was officially adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
The official theme for International Women's Day 2019 is: 'Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.' "At a time when innovation is dominant, shaping and changing the way people live in every part of the world, we have to be intentional about its use to positively impact the lives of women and girls," UN Women stated. "That means making sure they are not only consumers of innovation, but take their place as innovators. With their engagement, both design and execution of solutions can address the unique needs of women and girls, from the creation of decent work to delivery of products, services and infrastructure for women in all walks of life. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” puts innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities."
"Remoteness need no longer be an exclusion issue when mobile money technology and digital payments can deliver social benefits to even the most remote households. Lack of roads need not prevent life-saving medication from reaching patients, with smart inventions like 15-year old Nigerian Eno Ekanem’s drone to make drops to rural areas, controlled by SMS messaging."
According to the statement, women and girls must have opportunities to contribute to making real change, and help shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact their lives. "As we have seen from recent marches for climate action in Europe and elsewhere—they are ready to do so."