I think every day should be International Women's Day, and here's why.
Technically, March 8 was International Women's Day, a holiday that has been celebrated around the world since the early 1900s, and thanks to that holiday, a number of excellent conversations got started about feminism and women's rights.
Case in point, British actor Emma Watson took the stage at Facebook's headquarters in London to talk about her "HeforShe" campaign and why men and women around the world need to stand up for women's rights. She argued that women need to be brave enough to be true to themselves:
"Don't let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do, or cannot achieve," she said. "Just don't allow it. It's wrong. It's so wrong. Be what you want to be — and prove them wrong."
Last September, Watson made an impassioned speech to the United Nations, launching the "HeforShe" campaign and explaining why gender inequality is as much a men's issue as it as a women's issue. The speech, which went viral, has been viewed 17 million times over the past five months.
Watson wasn't the only one who had something to say about women's rights. In India, women rallied in cars and on bikes to demand justice and safety for women. In the Philippines, women's rights groups made their plea for minimum wage increases with a march through the nation's capital of Manila. In Afghanistan, a group of men wore burkas in support of women's rights. Major rallies were held throughout the world from Mexico to Hong Kong to Bangladesh.
Back in the U.S., President Obama said "the gap between women’s inherent value and how many of them are treated every day is one of the great injustices of our time," in a speech assuring Americans that his administration will continue to work to ensure that women and girls are treated as full and equal human beings in rights and dignity.
In short, yesterday was an amazing day for the women and men who support gender equality. But shouldn't that be true every day? Shouldn't we have these conversations and feel this passion and conviction toward feminism on a daily basis?
Yes, we should.
So, Happy International Women's Day — and let's keep the conversation rolling.