World Honors Women

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In the year of #MeToo and Time’s Up, Thursday’s International Women’s Day continues to illuminate the stunning achievement and collaboration of women everywhere.

Rooted in the movements campaigning for better pay and voting rights, this day is now all about women coming together, inspiring each other and celebrating their achievements.

As a woman, this day is very important to me. Together as a gender, we are fighting for our equality in a harshly male-governed world. For decades women have been seen as the weaker, more emotional or unstable gender. However, that ends now. Influencers from all over used their platforms to celebrate and support the women of the world.

Freeform, an American television channel, used their platform to create the #NotSorry campaign to encourage all women to be unapologetically bold and confident in who they are. All day Thursday, the channel bleeped out the word ‘sorry’ every time a female character said it, including an on-air #NotSorry meter tracking the number of censored words.

In addition, McDonald’s took part in a little International Women’s Day fun too. At a restaurant in Lynwood, California, the great golden arches were flipped, making the rounded “m” into a “w.” The logo was also changed throughout all social media accounts and packaging at 100 stores across the country.

“In honor of the extraordinary accomplishments of women everywhere and especially in our restaurants,” Wendy Lewis, the brand’s Global Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Global Community Engagement, wrote on Medium.

Women also took to Twitter to flaunt their incredible accomplishments and congratulate other women on their amazing triumphs.

“Happy #internationalwomensday today and everyday let’s all make our voices heard,” American actress and singer Naya Rivera tweeted.

Rivera is well-known for her work as Santana Lopez on “Glee,” for which she received nominations for numerous awards.

“Happy International Women’s Day! Today I wear red as I stand in solidarity with my sisters all over the world! #IWD2017,” American actress, producer and director Eva Longoria Bastón tweeted.

Bastón is most known for playing Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series “Desperate Housewives.” Her work on the show earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Google showcased their International Women’s Day interactive doodle project that has been in the works for a long time. The home screen doodle consisted of a slide show of 12 different female artists, focusing on their personal stories. Through the artwork, each artist depicts a specific person, moment or event that shaped them into the woman they are today.

Canadian feminist and mayor of Ottawa Charlotte Whitton said it best: “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” By dedicating a day to the celebration of women, we have provoked essential steps to gender equality.

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