International Women’s Day Celebration & Forum
March 8, 2018 / 6:00-8:30 PM
Brought to you by: The Better Business Babe
Downtown Works & The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of San Diego
“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony
What it is~
International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to social – while calling for gender equality. International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. (Fun fact: In 1917, the Women’s Day demonstrations in Russia helped initiate the February Revolution, when women marched through the city demanding an end to World War I, shocking leaders and eventually lead to the Russian Revolution)
International Women’s Day is a Call To Action
Facts about Gender Inequality:
- Women only make up 1/5 of Congress! (Technically, we even only even make up one-fifth when you round up.) Holding 105 of 535 seats between the Senate and the House of Representatives, women are 19.6 percent of congress.
- Over the last 30 years, wage inequality in the United States has increased substantially, with the overall level of inequality now approaching the extreme level that prevailed prior to the Great Depression.
- Throughout much of the 20th century, the average woman earned about 60% of what the average man earned. Starting in the late 1970s, there was a substantial increase in women’s relative earnings, with women coming to earn about 80% of what men earned. This historic rise plateaued in 2005 and, since then, the pay gap has remained roughly unchanged.
- Domestic gender based violence is RAMPANT in America. 10 million women a year are victims of domestic violence.
- In France, just like in the rest of Europe, domestic violence remains the leading cause of death for women aged 16 to 44.
- In Tunisia, half of women have been the victim of gender-based violence.
- Between 100 million and 140 million women and girls alive today have been subjected to female genital mutilation. Yes, that # includes women in our own country, right here in America.
- Women are more likely to live in poverty.
- In the last 10 years, the U.S. has FALLEN in economic gender equality~ Going from third in the world to 26th!
- Women Earn 79¢ to a Man’s Dollar
- World Economic Forum in November last year reported that it will take 100 years to close the gender pay gap ~ 100 YEARS. Worse still, the gap appears to be widening; the previous year’s prediction was 86 years.
- 4 out of 5 victims of human trafficking are girls.
- These are just a few facts. If you’re interested you can find out more the Wage Gap or Gender Inequality here.
Why it’s important~
Equality is a right, not a privilege. But we must FIGHT for it. It all begins with open conversations. We simply cannot ride the coattails (or rather, petticoats) of the previous generations of women–We must continue the efforts that women before us risked their lives and reputations for.
What you can do~
Come celebrate International Women’s Day with Better Business Babe and a panel of incredible women. Enjoy food, beverages, mingling, and a panel discussion from a diverse group of women–we love when men support women, so ladies AND gents are invited to this celebration!
This event will be catered by Elevation Eating, a plant based eatery with the mission of spreading food love & empowering women to use food as a form of self-care. Perla, one of our panelists, will create a plant-inspired grazing station with an assortment of quality produce, crudite, seasonal farm fruits, cheeses, crackers and other locally sourced selections. So, come on down because it’s DELICIOUS.