International Women’s Day

International Women's Day 2014

Did you know that Saturday is International Women’s Day? Sadly, I didn’t know until my coworker Cynthia informed me, but this day has been around for over 100 years!

Some additional fun facts about International Women’s Day:

    Observed around the world each year on March 8th.
    Began in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911.
    Over 1 Million men and women attended the first International Women’s Day event in 1911.
    Serves as an opportunity to show appreciation for women and highlight women’s achievements.
    The Theme for 2014 is “Equality for women is progress for all.” and was selected by the United Nations.

For more fun facts, see the full timeline from 1911 through today at International Women’s Day’s website.

There are many ways you can get involved and celebrate International Women’s Day both online and by attending events in your area. If you can’t find an event close to you, you can still participate online using the #womensday and #IWD2014 hashtags which have produced over 26,000 tweets in the last week:

#womensday & #IWD2014 tweets the week of International Women's Day

Some of the most popular tweets so far include these from UN Women, Gates Foundation, and Women’s Day 2014, which have been retweeted over 500 times in the past few days!

This tweet from The Elders is getting great traction as people are replying with women that inspire them and contributing to the conversation:

Ways to Participate in International Women’s Day

Visit International Women’s Day’s website to find events in your area. Thousands of events are held throughout the world each year on this day to celebrate and inspire. There are currently over 1,000 events happening worldwide with 183 in the United States, 131 in Canada and 372 in the UK with more being added daily!
Follow along online:

Attend the IWD 2014 Official UN Observance webcast on March 7 starting at 12 EST

How will you be participating in International Women’s Day 2014? Let us know in the comments!

Monika McMahon

About Monika McMahon

Monika joined Heller Consulting after spending 8 years in the Boulder technology startup scene. She is an expert in Social and Digital marketing, adopting and implementing new (and old) platforms for organizations ranging from ecommerce, SaaS, and nonprofits. Monika not only understands how these platforms work but how to use them to meet business objectives. When she is not educating and sharing her online talents, she can be found enjoying the music scene in Denver.


  1. Susan Kenna Wright

    Room to Read does great work relating to gender equality in education. Check out their International Women’s Day blog post.

  2. Sarah Gray

    Loved the video that Google put together for International Women’s Day, too!

  3. Cynthia Coleman

    I’m definitely looking forward to attending the IWD 2014 Official UN Observance webcast!

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