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International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! This global holiday commemorates the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women and was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. The centenary was celebrated in 2011, so this year, we're technically celebrating the 111th. Things were made official in 1975 when the United Nations began celebrating the day. The first theme adopted in 1996 was "Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future." Purple, green, and white are the colors of IWD, according to the International Women's Day website. Purple signifies justice and dignity, green symbolizes hope, and white represents purity, albeit a controversial concept. The colors originated from the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908. The UN announced the theme for 2022: Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow. Stay tuned for spotlights featuring some of the women of MGO!