March is Women’s History Month in the United States, and today, March 8th, is the United Nations-designated International Women’s Day. Millions of women around the world are celebrating the importance of women’s roles in society. We are leaders, we are fighters, we are builders, and we make the world go ’round. Some are showing the impact of women on society by having “Day Without a Woman” demonstrations. According to spokeswoman Cassady Findlay, “the action is aimed at highlighting the effect of women on the country’s socio-economic system and demonstrating how the paid and unpaid work of women keeps households, communities and economies running.”
Here in McAllen, female city employees celebrated International Women’s Day this morning by listening to speeches and a panel discussion of female City Department leaders. It was an inspiring and motivating morning, and an honor to celebrate each other’s progress. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is also hosting two International Women’s Day celebrations today at the two campuses, where scholarships and awards will be given to female students and faculty members.
If you would like to learn more about women’s history, digital exhibits are available at various national institutions:
- Library of Congress
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- National Park Service
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
And here at the McAllen Public Library, we are hosting a Women’s Safety and Self-Defense class on Sunday, March 12th at 6:30pm, which you can register for here– because no woman should ever feel unsafe.