Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022
Break The Bias
While we should celebrate the women in our lives every day, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day to spread some extra love and recognition.
IWD is a global holiday that occurs every year on March 8. It recognizes women all over the world and their amazing achievements, as well as raises awareness for gender equality.
National Women’s Day was established in 1909 when thousands of women in New York protested for better working conditions, pay, and voting rights. Since then, the day spread beyond the U.S. and across the world, leading to International Women's Day being established in 2001.
This year’s IWD theme is #BreakTheBias, which focuses on creating a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination, and creating gender equality in workplaces, communities, schools, and more.
We are inspired by these incredible women and their powerful messages on breaking biases.
Malala Yousafzai, Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
“If you give an education to a girl, that’s how you’re changing her life and that’s how you’re also changing the world."
To learn more about Malala, read her book I am Malala.
Rosa Parks, Activist
“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fears; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
To learn more about Rosa, watch the Rosa Parks Story.
Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
To learn more about Michelle, read Becoming.
Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States
“No woman should be told she can't make decisions about her own body. When women's rights are under attack, we fight back.”
To learn more about Kamala, read the Truths We Hold.
Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder and CEO of Bumble
“There's an assumption that women don't start companies that earn more than X amount of dollars, or that have more than X amount of users, and Bumble is now really growing into one of the main players if you look at all the mainstream social media platforms.”
To learn more about Whitney, read more about Whitney Wolfe.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception."
To learn more about Ruth, watch RBG.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
Next time you are about to call a little girl "bossy', say instead: she has executive leadership skills.
To learn more about Sheryl, read Lean In.
Rupi Kaur, Poet
“Our work should equip
the next generation of women
to outdo us in every field
this is the legacy we’ll leave behind”
Naomi Osaka, Professional Athlete
“I hope it’s an inspiration to a young girl with big dreams to know that anything is possible.”
To learn more about Naomi, watch the Naomi Osaka documentary.
Autumn Peltier, Anishinaabe-kwe of the Wikwemikong First Nation. Chief Water Commissioner
“One day I will be an ancestor and I want my great-grandchildren to know I tried hard to fight so that they can have clean drinking water, We all have a right to this water as we need it. Not just rich people, all people. No one should have to worry if the water’s clean or if they’ll run out of water.”
To learn more about Autumn, watch The Water Walker
Mindy Kaling, Actress, Screenwriter, and Producer
“I’m a feminist who wants to work with other feminists. I would wager that only a masochist sexist would want to work at a show with an opinionated female lead and showrunner. So I work with people who love women. That’s a nice thing.”
To learn more about Mindy, read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns).
Ways to participate
There are also several ways to celebrate and get involved on this very important day.
- Attend a virtual event
- Donate to female-focused charities like One Girl Can
- Shop from female-owned businesses
- Message the women in your life to let them know how amazing they are
- Share one of the inspiring quotes above
However you celebrate, we wish you a happy International Women’s Day!
Muff love 💜