International Women's Day

Benevolent Family Services, use the month March to focus on International Women's Day. International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.


What values drive International Women's Day?

International Women's Day means different things to different people, but the global focus on equality and celebration is clear.


Throughout ancient and modern history, women have collaborated and lead purposeful action to redress inequality in the hope of a better future for their communities, children and themselves. Whether through bold well-documented action or through humble resistance that never made it into the history books, women have united for equality and achievement forever.


Along the way one particularly powerful collaboration lead to the formation of a globally united moment for women across countries to come together in hope and action. That moment is "International Women's Day".


Started in the early 1900's, the almighty and tenacious Suffragettes forged purposeful action for equality. It was the Suffragettes who started International Women's Day, with the first officially named "International Women's Day" event held in 1911.

And still to this day, International Women's Day continues to be a powerful platform globally that unifies tenacity and drives action for gender parity, while celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women.


Values that guide International Women's Day provide direction for the type of action, behavior and ethos associated with this critical and globally-supported day.

Ten values that guide International Women's Day are:

  1. Justice

  2. Dignity

  3. Hope

  4. Equality

  5. Collaboration

  6. Tenacity

  7. Appreciation

  8. Respect

  9. Empathy

  10. Forgiveness