International Women's Day is a symbol of social, cultural, historical and political struggle.
Every year, March 8 is a reminder of how proud we are. Proud to be a woman, proud to be free, proud to be liberated, and proud to be courageous and ambitious. So yes, it is not enough just one day in the year to celebrate the struggle that every woman leads every day; but it's important to remember how we got there ...
Formalized by the United States in 1977, this day originates from feminist demands led by women to reduce inequalities in relation to men.
A revolution started on the European and American continents which allowed women to make their voices heard.
Regarding France, let's go back to some key dates. It was in 1944 that women gained the right to vote. Then in 1965 we had the right to open a bank account and carry on a professional activity without the consent of our husbands. Then it was in 1975 that the right to abortion was legalized and divorce by mutual consent was allowed.
Therefore, it was in 1982 that the first International Women's Day was held, and no longer commonly referred to as Women's Day. There is no order to celebrate the wife; but rather to take stock, to exchange views, to discuss and to realize the place we occupy in today's society. Then, to highlight the efforts and initiatives of each woman.
These milestones have made it possible to change the behavior, habits and lifestyles of all French women.
Indeed, we have mentioned political and social changes but it goes well beyond: we see an evolution of women's rights in all areas. As well in the world of Sport, Cinema, Politics, Medicine, as in the world of fashion ...
So, achieving total equality between men and women, and fighting sexism are battles that must continue day after day, today we can be proud of the image that women convey in the 21st century!