Women's Day

By Roxane Bréard

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1:35 AM PDT

It began many years ago but the fight for gender equality is still necessary. The first “National Woman’s Day” was held on February 28, 1909 in New York and was organized by the Socialist Party of America. In 1914 the main movement for women’s rights began to be held on March 8, and now this is always held on that date. This day is not affiliated with any groups. It brings together governments, women’s organizations, corporations and charities.

A lot of things happen on that day. Usually, various women, such as political, television personalities or business leaders, are invited to speak at various events. The messages focus on many themes,  like the portrayal of women in the media, the importance of education, or career opportunities. The goal is to remind and continue to fight for women’s rights and the equality between gender. Women are still fighting and asking for equal pay, and access to safe, legal affordable abortion and birth control.

This fight is even more essential since the election of Donald Trump that happened despite scandals. The internet lists sexists things that Trump has said about women. According to Time, before his election, the current president of the United States said “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything...grab them by the pussy.” This quote is his words; it seems that he was saying that he sexually assaults women because he can. It was shocking and did a scandal, but not enough because he took the office anyway.

Nowadays it appears as if the United States of America is governed by a man who is against abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s health is endangered.

Aside from losing access to reproductive control, women experience many sexual assaults in their lifetime. In the military, 85% of those assaults are not reported. In 2013, according to Business Insider, after the prevalence of sexual assault in the US military became a topic in the media, Trump tweeted "26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?" This quote doesn’t need any comment and illustrate perfectly why the Women’s Day, even in 2018 remains essential.

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