In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th, hundreds of celebrities took to Twitter and Instagram to shout out the incredible women in their lives, their communities and the world at large. Some sent out simple messages with the #InternationalWomensDay tag, others posted pics of their wives/mothers/daughters/friends and some issued real calls to action, like Hillary Clinton who challenged more women to run for office (that goes for you too, Canadian women).
From Emma Watson to Ariana Grande to even Pitbull, everyone was out there promoting and supporting women.
🆘 With the awareness generated by #metoo, there is an increased demand for support services as more people are emboldened to name what happened to them.❣️Rape Crisis Centres❣️offer much-needed support to people who have been assaulted across England and Wales (@rapecrisisew), but demand way outstrips supply.❗️This time last year, there were 6,355 survivors on Rape Crisis waiting lists and these can be as long as 14 months.‼️ This means that if a survivor calls to look for support they may be turned away... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⌛️💷 Successive UK governments have failed to fund life-saving services. There are just 44 Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales. 🎯 But the Istanbul Convention (which our Government will soon ratify) sets out a minimum provision of support for victims of rape which would require that there be 150 Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales. 🚨 It’s simply unacceptable that a country like mine falls so far short of the minimum standards set across Europe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📋❤️✍🏻 So on #IWD2019, I encourage you to sign Fern’s petition 👆🏻LINK IN BIO👆🏻and demand that Theresa May guarantees sustained 💰 funding for rape crisis support services, 💌 so the survivors of sexual violence can access the support they need. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔗📋✍🏻 tinyurl.com/FernsPetition ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💪🏻👩🏼 These are the words of 25-year-old Fern Champion, who was raped in 2016 and has launched a petition 💌 asking the Prime Minister to ensure that specialist rape counselling support is always available for everyone who seeks it: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤲🏻 💔 “By not adequately funding support services this Government is telling survivors that their recovery does not matter and by extension that they do not matter. When you have been raped, the vital, life-saving counselling should just be there when you need it.” 🙌🏻❤️👏🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☎️ RAPE CRISIS NATIONAL HELPLINE: 0808 802 9999 (rapecrisis.org.uk)
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From the ones you say to the ones you read, #WordsMatter. To celebrate #IWD2019, we teamed up with #SelenaGomez to curate a series of poems by some of our favorite Instagram writers. Check back every day for new works on love, strength and hope. From all of us at Coach, Happy #InternationalWomensDay. #CoachNY
On this #InternationalWomansDay let me know who puts the HER in HERO for you! And don't be afraid to tell the women in your life how wonderful they are & how much they inspire you- today & everyday! 🤓 I’m proud to be joining @careorg to celebrate all the women and girls around the world who put the #HerInHERO by building better lives for themselves, their loved ones and their communities. Check out fight.care.org to find out how you can lend your heart & help to fight gender-based discrimination around the world. #FightWithCare #WereInThisTogether ❤️❤️❤️
On this #internationalwomensday I celebrate all of the badass women in my life who teach me every day what it means to be strong, independent, nurturing, funny, intellectually superior to me, inquisitive, proud and of course headstrong. To the my mother @susangad who raised me as a single mother, my wife @idadarvish who makes me the best version of myself, my daughters Ava and Izzy who show me the purest depths of joy I have ever experienced, and of course all of the other women in my life and those who have come and gone like my grandmother Evelyn Greenblatt who survived the death camps of Nazi Germany to give life to two generations, thank you.
#InternationalWomensDay 💛 My mum will always be my greatest inspiration. Never in my life have I met someone as kind, patient and strong as she is. Every day I watch her take on so much. She runs Australia Zoo and continues all the important work of our nonprofit organization, Wildlife Warriors, on top of protecting nearly 500,000 acres of conservation land. She ensures that everything she built alongside my dad continues on into the future. She is always there for me and my wonderful brother as our guiding light. No matter what question or challenge may cross her path, she has the perfect answer and solution. She is the living embodiment of everything International Women’s Day stands for.
Happy International Women’s day to this baby bluebiird right here (me) and to the woman who raised her to protect herself, to love herself and to believe in herself. She is strong. Strong like a woman. Strong like my mother. Strong like her mother. Strong like me. She is still this happy and in this much armor, though now it just looks like skin. Here’s to all the beautiful, fearless, female creatures in my life. You damn well know who you are. I love you.
Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Thankful for all the amazing women in the world and the incredible work you’re doing, especially these days. I’m also thankful I finally have a women-led @marvelstudios movie to show my daughters, #CaptainMarvel. Can’t wait to watch @brielarson kick ass. And one last shout out to my wonderful wife, @sunnyspop_retail and our beautiful daughters. There’s so much to celebrate ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿🚺 #IWD2019
#Repost @ashlemonade ・・・ Happy Women’s History Month! 💐 Here’s the late Raven Wilkinson, friend and mentor to ballerina Misty Copeland - the first African American named principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater - in 2015 in her debut production of “Swan Lake” at the Metropolitan Opera House. 💐 Wilkinson paved the way as a black ballerina during the time of segregation in the 40s and 50s. She passed away in December 2018 at age 83. | 📸: Gene Schiavone #WomensHistoryMonth #BlackBallerina #MistyCopeland #RavenWilkinson
we made this for the dwt and you’ve been asking for it since 🖤 happy international women’s day every day to women of every color, shape, size, sexuality, age, religion, trans, cis, and all who identify ! u are everything and i’m proud of u everyday. female by @HANNAHLUXDAVIS 🌫 pic.twitter.com/pQkNiPSU3d— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 8, 2019
just a reminder u aren’t celebrating women today or ever unless u including all kindsa women but wbk 🌫— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 8, 2019
it ain’t feminism if it ain’t intersectional— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 8, 2019
YAS KWEENS! We’re celebrating the importance of women supporting other women. These ✨FIERCE✨ ladies empowered our hero, Jody, with the knowledge that there is no one way to be a shamazing woman. #InternationalWomensDay ✨💜🌟 pic.twitter.com/qr5jlMfyqg— Queer Eye (@QueerEye) March 8, 2019
.@momgerm! I celebrate and honor her for #InternationalWomensDay (and every day) for helping me lead @BTWFoundation to create a movement to increase awareness around mental wellness and decrease stigma through programs like #teenMHFA 💝 Who do YOU celebrate? #SheInspiresMe https://t.co/BstS49NVCS— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 8, 2019
To all of the strong, bold, independent, resilient, kind, loving, beautiful women out there... happy #InternationalWomensDay— Colton Underwood (@colton) March 8, 2019
Of course, politicians got in on the action with the Trudeaus and the Obamas joining Hillary in spreading that women power.
For #internationalwomensday, I'm issuing you a challenge. We know that when women run for office, they're elected at the same rate as men. But not as many women run as men, often because people don't ask women to run as often as they ask men. My challenge for you is this. Think of a woman you know who should run for office. Then take a moment today to ask her to do it. Tell her she'll have help from @emergeamerica, @emilys_list, @runforsomethingnow, and you. With one question, you could start something pretty big.
On International Women’s Day, I’m reflecting on the future we all want for our daughters: one where they can live out their aspirations without limits. And I’m celebrating some of the women who are building that future for all of us today.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 8, 2019
.@BarbeAlice is helping refugees resettle into welcoming communities in France, offering them job training and language immersion, as well as a place to stay. More importantly, she’s fighting a narrative that suggests our differences are more important than our shared humanity. pic.twitter.com/jNIiKIAZaO— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 8, 2019
Preethi, Alice, and Sefora are just three of many @ObamaFoundation leaders who remind us what International Women’s Day is all about: imagining a world free of artificial ceilings for the next generation—and doing the hard work to get us there.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 8, 2019
As I read through your feedback on my book, one theme that keeps popping up is how to empower the women around us—whether that's our girlfriends, coworkers, or the women we see at the gym or at happy hour. Empowering each other is a big question and can take a lot of forms, but one thing I know is that it's up to us to be there for each other—especially those who often feel overlooked—because when someone shows genuine interest in your growth and development, it can make all the difference in the world. So for#WomensHistoryMonth, I want you to let me know how you’re making an impact on another woman's life. Whether that’s joining a mentoring program, asking your boss about how they’re planning to get more women’s voices at the table, or simply taking 10 minutes to lend an ear to your coworker over coffee, I want to hear what you’re up to! Let me know in a short video or in comments below. 👇🏾#IAmBecoming #WellnessWednesday
The royals were also out celebrating the incredible work women are doing in the commonwealth. Come on, Queen Elizabeth has been running the world for more than 60 years!
The Duchess of Sussex has become Vice-President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron, and The Duke of Sussex is President. On International Women’s Day The Duchess joined a special panel discussion of female thought-leaders and activists to discuss a range of issues affecting women today, convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2019 #QCT #QCTxIWD
On #InternationalWomensDay we are celebrating the Queen’s Young Leaders who are supporting women across the Commonwealth in many different ways. The Queen’s Young Leaders are a group of extraordinary young people who have been honoured for their work within their communities. From inspiring girls to get into the boardroom, to providing access to education for the most marginalised women in society, these Queen’s Young Leaders are doing vital work for #BalanceforBetter. Read our profiles of these remarkable young women using the link in our bio and find out more about The Queen’s Young Leaders at @queensyoungleaders and @qejubileetrust. #IWD2019
The Countess of Wessex views the #FearlessGirl statue on International Women’s Day – which was first seen in New York’s Financial District. A copy will be here in London’s Paternoster Square for the next six months. As Chairman of the Women’s Network Forum, The Countess was attending The Market Open Ceremony for #IWD2019 at the London Stock Exchange. Her Royal Highness is the founder and chair of the Women's Network Forum, which provides an opportunity for senior leaders from UK companies to discuss the challenges and issues businesses face in attracting, developing, retaining and advancing women in the workplace. The #FearlessGirl bronze statue by Kristen Visbal, is a symbol of female resilience – and was commissioned to encourage gender diversity in the workplace. #BalanceforBetter #FearlessGirl #internationalwomensday
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