Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy 107th International Women's Day World! #PRESSFORPROGRESS #IWD2018 What's Press For Progress Action? Here's mine.

This blog posting is an updated/revised version of articles posted in prior years. Enjoy!
#PRESSFORPROGRESS   What's your  #PRESSFORPROGRESS action? Although we are still 200 years away from gender parity, this past year has been a whirlwind of advocacy and progress for women advocating for reporting sexual abuse, regardless of how famous or powerful the attacker is.

Misconduct and harassment come in many different sizes and shapes. It's not just just about sexual harassment by men but by women as well.  The year 2017 marked awareness, advocacy for movements, momentum, progress and #IWD2018's theme of the year is for all to #PressForProgress !

Finally progress is momentous and significant. Women are becoming stronger all thanks to embracing and supporting each other. Sisterhood, brotherhood, are alive and well. Gone are the days of women being punished for reporting bad behavior, subterfuge, misconduct or harassment. However we still need to press for  progress more and continue moving forward.  #MeToo and #TimesUp  movements came about after various harassment and misconduct accusations by the top entertainment and media icons including Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Russell Simmons, Dustin Hoffman, James Toback, Tavis Smiley, as well as liberal Democrat politician Al Franken ...  The list of attackers of men by women, men by men and also women by women, appears to never end. -  #HarveyWeinstein, #KevinSpacey, #RussellSimons, #DustinHoffman, #JamesToback, #MattLauer, #TavisSmiley, #AlFranken ... Many victims, thus far over 200 from Harvey Weinstein alone and how can we forget about disgraced Bill Cosby - many women came forward yet many more remained silent. ?  

But what about the female or male co-worker at an organization who has been working hard, complying with the company standards of behavior and code of conduct only to be constantly bullied, abused and harassed by a female/male co-worker who feels threatened by his/her business ethics or skill set?  

What's your #PressForProgress? My actionl is to continually speak up when something is wrong,  and be supportive to other women who are being harmed and/or harassed. I want to keep on "pressing" to be the best I can be in everything I do, to exercise leadership actions in my life (i.e., personal, at work, communications including my blog posts, etc.) and to always respect and celebrate differences for the good of all people and of course for our goal of increasing Gender Parity even though we are 200 years away. Also press progress by encouraging others to #PRESSFORPROGRESS

Equally important is for women at work. If a new employee at an organization however small or however large, is being harassed by another women who believes she is above the company policy and standards of behavior/code of conduct because of her 30 or so years of tenure, and constantly harms/harasses, belittles, you or others, etc.,  report it! Regardless of the consequences. Victims have rights and must be protected from employees who behave like goons and street gangsters inside the profit or non-profit organization.

WHAT'S YOUR ACTION FOR IWD2018?  #WhatsYourAction    Please share your #PRESSFORPROGRESS at this link   #IWD2018 

One of my favorite quotes by women:  

“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to forment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”    ~~ Abigail Adams,  U.S. First Lady, 1776 (née Smith; November 22 [O.S. November 11] 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of John Adams, the first Vice President, and second President, of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President.

Did you know that March 8, 2018 marks the 107th anniversary of International Women's Day?  Well now you do!  :) 

As soon as Google doodle is posted, if it's IWD2018 related, I will update here.

Google's #IWD2017 doodle to commemorate International Women's Day 2017 conveys the many bold actions by our leading women of the world. 

With  the #IWD2018 theme, PressForProgress #PressForProgress, Google's doodle for this year is charming and filled with various themes and #HerStory about various professional women all over the world! 

This post will be a good bookmark as it will add all doodle images dedicated to International Women's Day event, March 8th. We have them listed as far back as 2011 which marked IWDs 100th anniversary (scroll below if interested in viewing commemorative 100th IWD doodle).

Below please find the doodle from #IWD2017. The theme was "Be Bold For Action." The doodle depicted a collage of various women all over the world who soared leaps and bounds in medicine, sports, academia, aviation, and sciences to adventure, arts, entertainment, activism, and technology. 

A collage of 8 photos in the #IWD2017 Google Doodle below commemorate #IWD2017:

Opening image of Google's doodle for #IWD2017 which celebrated 13 inspirational women

Google has celebrated 2016 International Women's Day IWD2016 with a lovely "gender-parity" global themed doodle #OneDayIWill.
The video shows women all around the world sharing their goals and aspirations with words in their native language beginning with "One Day I Will ..."

From becoming scientists to speaking to Pope Francis, their actions and words are inspirational.

In 2015, Google celebrated with the inspiring and engaging doodle below for IWD2015:

Google posted a very charming doodle to celebrate IWD's 103rd  IWD2014 ).

IWD2013's 102nd doogle

IWD2012's 101st doogle

IWD2011s 100th IWD anniversary marked the very first IWD Google doodle celebration!

Below are sections taken from the 2017 IWD2017 blog post.

Happy 106th Anniversary to 
International Women's Day!   #IWD2017  Also, did you know that March is Women's History Month?

International Women's Day (IWD), originally coined International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8th every year.

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is "Pledge for Parity." #PledgeforParity.

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

The theme in 2016 was
118 Years to Gender Parity?    In 2014, The World Economic Forum predicted it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Unfortunately, one year later, 2015, they estimated an even slower progress and the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until nearly 4 decades later, 2133.

Be it helping women and girls achieve ambitions, advocating for gender-balanced leadership, respecting differences, or rooting for workplace bias, International Women's Day wants everyone - men and women -to take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity more quickly. 
Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal.

International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action."

In many countries, International Women's Day is an occasion to honor and praise women for their accomplishments.

Join International Women’s Day on Facebook at facebook/internationalwomensday and for breaking news follow #womensday.

International Women's Day is an annual day observed in many nations around the world on March 8 each year. (Jumping Woman photo above by kongsky /

President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be "Women's History Month", calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on "the extraordinary accomplishments of women" in shaping the country's history.

Also, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the "100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges", on the eve of IWD.

Photo above left taken by U.S.Army Photographer: Spc Tobey White, is of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Pam Moody, 319th ADT, and resident of Indianapolis, Ind. Here she hands out pencils to Afghan women at the International Women's Day gathering held in Khowst City, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, March 8, 2011.

Every year events take place on March 8th to commemorate the anniversary of International Women's Day. In 2011, IWD's 100th anniversary, 100 countries participated in events.
Kudos to all women for all we do!

EXPLORE and submit your IWD event or web posting at the International Women's Day activity page. And enjoy learning about what others are doing to celebrate IWD 2017.

Visit INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2017 NEWS for more information.

Do you have a theme of your own to celebrate International Women's Day? IF so, share it on the International Women's Day website.

Resources for Women’s History Month:
Make your #PledgeForParity sponsor's_History_Month

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