In case you weren’t aware, March 8th is International Women’s Day! The first time this was celebrated was in 1909, created to celebrate women and the fight for equality. The celebration falls in the month of March, which is also International Women’s Month. Over the years, women have gotten together to fight for equality. In the 1900s, many gathered together and rallied to fight for the right to vote and own property. As the years went on, and women were given rights they should have had in the first place, the celebration of women and diversity continued but is definitely different in the time of social media. Though the fight for equality not just in America continues, the celebration of diversity and womanhood has definitely changed. Today, International Women’s Day trended all day long in the top five, so here are a few ways people participated on Twitter.
The future of our world is being built by women and girls. We must do everything we can to ensure that all women and girls—no matter where they live—have the opportunity to succeed. #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/oIbNzJ9NRC
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 8, 2022
Many celebrated by posting photos of themselves and their friends, while others posted quotes about their favorite historical women or favorite historical moments coming from powerful women. Some even celebrated with their favorite fictional characters, like Katara from Avatar The Last Airbender or Christina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy.
— daily katara (@dailykatara) March 8, 2022
— E! News (@enews) March 8, 2022
Others also talked about their experience as a woman and the injustices they might have experienced. Harriet Hunt, a 2x Nasa Intern, posted that she was once told by a classmate in her chemistry class that she would never work for NASA, and that was when she decided to become an engineer.
I’ll NEVER forgot when a boy in my high school chemistry class told me “You’ll never work at NASA” and laughed at me. That was the day I decided to become an engineer. pic.twitter.com/3uHQOkouBi
— Harriet Hunt???????????? (@hunt_harriet) May 28, 2021
A surgeon opened up on Twitter that 12% of transplants are women and that she encourages representation and hopes to change the twelve percent to fifty percent. “Surgery needs you, patients need you,” she tells her Twitter followers in her post, hoping to use the holiday to encourage women surgeons.
12% of transplant surgeons are women.
So on this #InternationalWomensDay I spent some time out of the OR chatting with women interested in the field.
Surgery needs you, patients need you.
I will keep loudly reminding you until we make that 12 a 50. pic.twitter.com/SNLmw2vlO1
— Meredith Barrett (@sparklyscalpel) March 8, 2022
Overall, many on Twitter were excited to celebrate women of all kinds and appreciate this diversity, and was incredibly uplifting to see women uplifted and celebrated.