She Sports Switzerland reflect on International Women's Day
It was 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City and demanded the right to vote. The right to vote for women, a seemingly ordinary matter today, was achieved through a long and arduous journey of challenging an existing unjust system. That first step in 1908 is where the roots of the International Women’s Day were laid.
That was 112 years ago. It is impressive that a movement that began in 1908 remains so strong today. But the fact that this movement has been required to live on, as we move into the third decade of the 21st century, is proof that the fight for equality has still not been achieved and that is why we have to continue keeping the flame alive. Celebrating the International Women’s Day, represents a small part of that fight.
There are two primary motivations behind celebrating The International Women’s Day on the 8th of March every year:
- To celebrate women’s achievements
- To raise awareness about the lack of equality for women
At She Sports Switzerland, our vision has always aligned with these values, and this year as we celebrate the International Women’s Day, we are embracing #ChooseToChallenge, the theme of IWD 2021.
As a way to contribute to the theme, the She Sports Switzerland team took up the challenge to speak up and celebrate the women who have inspired them. These women have chosen to challenge the norms of the society, shattered glass ceilings and inspired us to do, and be better. Each one of us has many such female role models, who have had valuable contributions in making us who we are today. Some of them contribute directly to our personal evolutions on a daily basis; others, we see from afar, but their actions inspire us to be better every single day.
It is our hope that by initiating this conversation, we can empower you, dear reader, to shine the light on women who have inspired you; not just today, but every day going forward. Because celebrating women who change the world (even if it is our own little corner of the world they impact) will empower and inspire others to take action. It is a linchpin in the fight for equality; a fight which is not over yet. But every little step we take, inches us closer to the finish line.
Until then it’ll require initiative from each of us, and we are here to support you through it all. After all, we are your team.