Celebrating women and girls

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It’s a global day to recognize and celebrate women’s and girls’ social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It’s also a time to raise awareness of the progress made towards achieving gender equality and the work remaining to be done.

The beginnings of International Women’s Day can be traced back to the early twentieth century. It emerged from the activities of labour movements in North America and Europe and reflected a growing call for women’s equal participation in society.

International Women’s Day first took place on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. That day, over a million women and men attended public events to show their support. Other countries began to observe and celebrate this day in the years that followed. The United Nations recognized 1975 as International Women’s Year and began celebrating March 8 as International Women’s Day.

Today, International Women’s Day is a day of unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action and is celebrated in many countries worldwide.

Locally, the Markham Board of Trade is hosting its spring Women’s Networking event on March 19 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The event provides women with an opportunity to be inspired by entrepreneurial female leaders.

The event’s speakers include Karen Sealy and Grace Tartaglia of Cityline; Val Meyer, VP of Astral Radio; Dianne Buckner of CBC’s Dragon’s Den, CTV News’ chief financial commentator Pattie Lovett-Reid; Cityline’s nutrition and weight loss expert Joey Shulman; motivational speaker and comedian Judy Croon: and various other business leaders.

There will also be an opportunity to shop at the many local boutique vendors.

The event takes place March 19 at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites and Conference Centre.

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