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March 6, 2020

On International Women’s Day, Celebrate Women by Taking Action

In 1849, despite obstacles including gender discrimination, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the U.S. to earn a medical degree and practice medicine. In 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor shattered the Supreme Court’s glass ceiling by becoming the first female justice. And, just a few weeks ago, NBC Sports announced that, for the first time, an all-female crew would broadcast and produce a National Hockey League matchup—fittingly, on March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD).

The list of female firsts goes back centuries and crosses continents, cultures, and ethnicities. While women have long been pioneers, the struggle for equality continues across the world—which is why IWD provides an opportunity to recognize progress and makes a compelling call to action.

Originating in 1911, IWD celebrates women’s achievements while also calling out inequality. Building on its 2020 theme, #EachforEqual, IWD asks: “How will you help forge a gender equal world?”

You might be drawn to one of IWD’s 2020 missions, such as advocating for workplace inclusivity or championing women in technology. Or, you might choose to further your knowledge of women’s history right here in Colorado.

One timely suggestion: the University of Denver Enrichment Program course, Women’s Suffrage: How Colorado Women Led the Nation to the Vote. Celebrating the 100th year of women’s suffrage, distinguished Colorado women (including Polly Baca, the first Latina woman elected to the Colorado Senate), examine Colorado’s unique role in the suffrage movement as well as the continued struggle to achieve voting equity.

Presented in collaboration with History Colorado and their initiative dedicated to the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 and League of Women Voters of Colorado, the four-session course begins March 23. Learn more and register here.

Achieving a gender-equal world requires collective action and shared responsibility. What will be your role in IWD’s 2020 mission?

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