International women's Day is March 8th and the theme this year is #choosetochallenge.
"A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world."
"From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge." The IWD website invites everyone to share a photo with your hand up high to show you are in. More details on their website.
It's a bit unclear about how IWD began but it's rooted in fighting oppression and inequality and possibly the garment industry. One of my favorite quotes is from history.com-
"Brooklyn, writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman (of “The Yellow Wall-paper” fame) told the congregation of the Parkside Church: “It is true that a woman’s duty is centered in her home and motherhood…[but] home should mean the whole country, and not be confined to three or four rooms or a city or a state.” This rings so true this year with the inauguration Of VP Kamala Harris.
I loved Emily Stochl's Pre-Loved Podcast: International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. It's such an interesting slice of history and the campaign to get consumers to "look for the union label" needs to be reinvented into "shop small and indie".
We're celebrating IWD by the makeover of one of our favorite and nourishing cremes. Meet "Everyone creme"- made for everyone and designed to be used everywhere. Formerly our #resist creme the new label celebrates moving forward, taking care of ourselves so we can take care of others and our planet.
We hope you take some time to celebrate all the accomplishments from the past, look towards the future ready to face challenges and of course taking care of yourself.