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March is a month that is jam-packed with appreciation for women, both nationally and internationally. Friday March 8, 2019 is the internationally recognized holiday known as Women’s Day. Despite what some may think, this holiday is no fad; in fact, Women’s Day is a globally recognized holiday that has been celebrated for over a century with the mission to both celebrate women as well as promote the change of negative bias surrounded around what it means to be a woman.

The initial celebration of International Women’s Day started in 1911 and has been recognized by millions of individuals all across the globe. Each year focuses on a different theme, and this year’s theme is centered around the phrase “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.”  Supporters show solidarity for not only the empowerment of women worldwide but also the advancement of overall gender equality with the hope that the access to public services, sustainable infrastructure and better treatment for women within social protection systems is achieved.

It’s important to note that this holiday, although celebrating women, is for everyone. International Women Day is a holiday that is not country, group or organization specific.

As Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, put it, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” According to  internationalwomensday.com you can show support on March 8th by posting a photo with your hands out, the pose behind the movement on social media, with the hashtag #BalanceforBetter to help spread the word and stand behind the movement of a better balance for women around the world.


Sharon Schweitzer and A.Hannah Alvarado co-wrote this post. Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer, attorney, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre and the Intercultural Communication Institute, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. She is regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, and Fortune. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide (Wiley 2015), now in its third printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards and the 2017 New York City Big Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction.

Continuing her higher education at Texas State University, A.Hannah is set receive her Bachelor’s Degree in English, in 2019. She is a native Texan with a background in writing, sales, social media marketing and customer service. Hannah aspires to perfect her passion and craft of writing in the hopes of becoming a novelist. With all the fantastic opportunities offered at Access to Culture, she is excited to be a new member of the team. Connect with her at Hannah Alvarado.