On International Women’s Day, a call for more than just awareness

This year, the United Nations‘ theme for International Women’s Day is “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” The holiday is an opportunity to reflect on progress that has been made toward gender equality, but it also emphasizes the importance of action, not just awareness, in creating real change.

International Women’s Day, which Google acknowledged Sunday with a colorful Google Doodle featuring women in various professions, began in 1909 in New York as a socialist political rally. It has since grown to become an national holiday in more than two dozen countries.

The past year has seen several successful campaigns to raise awareness for gender equality, including #yesallwomen,  #rapecultureiswhen, and #whyistayed. But hashtags do not necessarily translate into change. READ MORE.