International Womens’ Day took place on 8 March. Many women took part in a strike dubbed A Day Without Women (#ADayWithoutWomen), which served to highlight the importance of women in the workplace and how taken for granted they are. Here are some of the best Instagram posts from feminists all around the world on their responses and celebrations for International Womens’ Day.
Today at #TeenVogue, you won’t see our typical daily coverage. This is because the staff is almost entirely composed of women, and we have decided to participate in #DayWithoutAWoman to emphasize the impact women have on the economy, workforce, and all of society, through paid and unpaid, seen and unseen labor. Our goal every day at Teen Vogue is to empower, uplift and provide knowledge to young women and this strike is an important part of that. We have chosen to step back from publishing news today and instead amplify the voices involved in this movement–even the journalism industry still disproportionately awards leadership and power to men. If you would like to observe the strike, but do not have the opportunity to miss work, we encourage you to wear red in solidarity, avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses), and visit the official website of #DayWithoutAWoman. Link in bio. ✊
Teen Vogue covers fashion, beauty, celebrity style, entertainment, teen issues, videos and more, but it also has serious political coverage. They announced their participation in the strike via the post above.
The star of Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast took to the platform to announce her contribution to International Womens’ Day, as well as continuing her support of her book club, Our Shared Shelf.
The Hunger Games star (she played Rue) is also an outspoken activist. She was declared “one of the most incendiary voices of her generation” by Dazed Magazine, and co-directed a trio of videos about black women for Teen Vogue.
Ratajkowski has been a loud voice for womens’ rights, most publicly joining forces with Kim Kardashian in defense of the naked selfie last year. She shot to fame after appearing in the controversial Blurred Lines video – remember Robin Thicke? – and used her newfound audience to educate her followers on feminism, among other causes.
Ciao is a Singaporean artist, best known for creating beautiful paintings incorporating fresh flowers. She frequently collaborates with brands such as Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Jaeger Le-Coultre, JW Marriott and more. We love this pretty yet powerful dedication to International Womens’ Day.
UNICEF posted these photos in commemoration of International Womens’ Day. Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is the author of a memoir, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.
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The daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis posted a photo of her mother, urging followers to make every day a day of appreciation of the women in our lives.
As International Women’s Day nears, we’re celebrating some of the women pushing the culture—and the country—forward. In 2010, then sixteen-year-old Karina Vargas, center, was standing in front of her Colorado high school when she was hit by a random bullet. In 2013, Nza-Ari Khepra's fifteen-year-old friend Hadiya Pendleton, a neighbor on Chicago’s South Side, was killed by a random bullet. Khepra, left, now 20, helped found Project Orange Tree, a youth-led violence-awareness organization that in turn attracted the attention of Everytown for Gun Safety, where Julianne Moore serves as the founding chair of their creative council. This past election saw one of Everytown’s objectives—background checks—passed in Nevada, with other gun-safety measures passed in Washington State and California. “In states with background checks, gun deaths have been reduced by close to half in various categories,” Moore says. "I want to take this movement the long way,” says Khepra, “and I want to make sure we finish strong.” Read more about the visionaries behind some of the most important conversations of our time in the link in our bio. Photographed by @inezandvinoodh, Vogue, January 2017.
Vogue Magazine posted this dramatic black and white photo, along with a thoughtful caption detailing the achievements and stories of the women featured in it.