A special thank-you to IWF volunteer Denise McCormick for writing this guest blog.

The International Women’s Day 2018 Campaign Theme: #PressforProgress

by Denise McCormick


With the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away—there has never been a more important time to stay motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fueled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and more—there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

And while we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world, women are making positive gains day-by-day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism, and support.

IWD Campaign Theme Continues All Year

March 8 sees the annual International Women’s Day (IWD) campaign theme kick off for the year ahead. But the campaign theme does not end on International Women’s Day—it’s just the start. Throughout the year, many groups worldwide adopt the IWD campaign theme for further campaign work, gender-focused initiatives, continuing activity, and events. A great example of this was in 2017, when the USA Women’s Hockey Team went on to adopt the #BeBoldForChange IWD campaign theme to later rally for equal pay, boycotting the national finals unless a suitable deal was struck. Many fans and further teams supported the campaign.

Collectively, We Can All Play a Part

Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900’s, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women’s Day belongs to all communities everywhere—governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media, and more. Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson, or dinner table conversation—everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.

Each one of us—with women and men joining forces—can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold, pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women and girls advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over. We have urgent work to do—together. We are proud to note that this is the work that is currently being done by the Iowa Women’s Foundation!

So make International Women’s Day YOUR day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women. Press for Progress!