International Women’s Day 2021: Women in Leadership

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the Women’s Museum of California and Women’s March San Diego on March 8 for live streamed discussion with San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas. The supervisor will talk about her experience leading San Diego through the pandemic as well as her experience on the campaign trail and becoming the first Latina elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. 

Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated, a day set aside to honor the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. At the 1910 International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Clara Zitkin proposed that the women attendees from seventeen countries return home and encourage the annual celebration of women in every country in March. The following year, International Women’s Day resulted in the attendance of more than one million men and women at IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, hold public office, end discrimination, and receive training.

This year’s theme centers on women in leadership.  In researching the number of women who serve in parliament or congress, the percentage has more than doubled from 11 percent in 1995 to 25.5 percent as of January 2021. Achieving close to parity with men representatives remains an elusive goal with only Rwanda (61.3 percent), Cuba (53.4 percent), and UAE (50.0 percent) surpassing equality. A total of 23 countries reached 40 percent and 51 had 30 percent or more.  Of a total of 190 countries, the United States ranked 68th with a 27.3 percent of women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In comparisons of presidents and prime ministers, a total of twenty-six women serve at the highest position in their country. The Nordic and northern European countries stand out as the ones with a woman as president, prime minister, or chancellor including Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Estonia, and Lithuania.        


Anne Hoiberg, Board President, Women’s Museum of California

A writer, speaker and research psychologist, Anne has written and presented extensively on women’s health, women in the military, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, health promotion, workman’s compensation cost containment, stress related disease and role of military in society.

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