Celebrate International Women's Day

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“Inspiring Change” is the theme of International Women’s Day, which will be marked on March 8.

International Women's Day has its roots in the early 20th-century labor union movement. Women who rallied in the streets for better working conditions set aside a day to demand equality and an end to discrimination.

First celebrated in 1911, International Women's Day has become a national holiday in 27 countries, with thousands of events held across the world.

Inspiring Change” opens an opportunity for educators to become change agents — within their workplaces and their unions as well as in their communities and around the world — with the goal of advancing social justice.

The National Education Association will work with Education International in the coming months on Education International's global campaign, Unite for Quality Education, which is a pro-public-education effort that advocates for gender equity. The alliance will seek to ensure that free public education becomes a reality for both girls and boys and that gender fairness positively impacts the working lives of educators.

Education International represents 30 million education employees in about 400 organizations in 170 countries around the world. Click here for Education International's statement for International Women’s Day, which addresses where progress is being made — and still needs to be made — to support gender equity in education.

For more information about the Education International global campaign, visit http://www.ei-ie.org/en/websections/content_detail/6722. For more information on International Women's Day, visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com.