International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8th.
March 8th marks International Women’s Day: a day to celebrate the power of womanhood across the globe. For some, IWD is a celebration of all women; for others, it is a day to remember the hardship that many women across history have suffered and to highlight the barriers that women still face in today’s society.
IWD has grown in popularity with the rise of social media and many celebrities, male and female, have taken to Twitter today to post their tributes. These tributes range from quotes and anecdotes to eulogising their idols or simply showing their appreciation for a loved one.
Here are tributes from a diverse range of 10 celebrities on Twitter who have all pulled in the same direction today.
Lady Karren Brady used IWD to launch her #SFL campaign, standing for Strong Female Leadership. The initiative was designed to give women a platform for a successful career.
Brady is a businesswoman and vice-chairman of West Ham United FC. She is also a Conservative life peer in the House of Lords.
Although she splits opinion, Brady has carved out a successful business career and is hoping to use IWD to help others.
Join in from 5pm to 9pm and post your inspirational story and be part of my brand new #SFL community. Post a selfie with a short bio explaining the challenge overcome x #getwhatyouwant pic.twitter.com/eZg7R1ih3N— Lady Karren Brady (@karren_brady) March 8, 2019
Women have been posting their inspirational stories for a chance to be selected by Brady for her SFL campaign.
She also posted an inspirational quote: "Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them."
Indian actress and singer Priyanka Chopra celebrated IWD by sharing an inspirational video on her Twitter account.
The video includes quotes from several famous women, such as Oprah Winfrey, Rupi Kaur, Maya Angelou, and they are narrated in an uplifting manner.
Chopra, 36, was voted Miss World in 2000 and currently lives in the United States. But she is still a strong advocate of women's rights in India and is involved with Nanhi Kali - an NGO designed to provide education for Indian girls.
Stacey Dooley has posted three pictures on her Twitter account to mark IWD. Her pictures show the adventures she has been on during her journalistic career, including two where she is following a woman in the army.
The 2018 Strictly Come Dancing winner also shared a video, where she was interviewed by BBC's The One Show in honour of IWD.
In the interview, she named Nadia Murad as her "underrated" inspiration and voted for 'Spice Up Your Life' by The Spice Girls as the greatest female anthem of all time.
Dame Jess Ennis-Hill took a more simple approach to celebrating IWD; with an Instagram throwback picture to her athletics days.
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The image she has shared is from the London 2012 Olympics when she claimed the gold medal in the heptathlon. The Sheffield-born athlete stands alongside four other competitors and is celebrating with the crowd, while holding up the Union Jack flag.
Dua Lipa is using her celebrity and following to raise awareness for women's rights activists across the world on this IWD.
The 23-year-old singer posted a link to a Guardian article on Twitter, alongside the caption: "To mark #IWD2019 and 30 yrs of @woman_kind, I'm calling on governments to fulfil their commitments to protect women’s rights activists around the world. Now is the time to stand with women’s movements like never before."
Lipa, who has nearly 3 million followers on Twitter, also posted a picture of herself sipping from a teacup with the words "Suffragette City Women" on it.
Theresa May has also shared her IWD tribute on social media after meeting with a number of businesswomen.
To celebrate #InternationalWomensDay PM @theresa_may chatted with successful female entrepreneurs who attended a reception at Downing Street, and spoke about female genital mutilation at a panel discussion #IWD2019 pic.twitter.com/4pl9SS0MHg— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) March 8, 2019
The UK Prime Minister posted a video of her welcoming "many successful and inspirational female entrepreneurs" through her door at Downing Street.
Swedish teenage trailblazer Greta Thunberg has been active on social media, celebrating IWD as well as continuing with her environmental campaigns.
The 16-year-old is renowned for striking from school to protest against Sweden's attitude towards global warming and climate change.
Today is #WomensDay. Today we honour sisterhood.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 8, 2019
Nowhere in the world today women and men are equal
The more I read about the climate crisis the more I realise how crucial feminism is.
We can’t live in a sustainable world unless all genders and people are treated equally #8march pic.twitter.com/Dri1kDxzPW
Thunberg used IWD to post a picture of herself and her little sister and said: "Today is #WomensDay. Today we honour sisterhood. Nowhere in the world today women and men are equal The more I read about the climate crisis the more I realise how crucial feminism is. We can’t live in a sustainable world unless all genders and people are treated equally."
Emma Watson, a leading voice for feminism, has used IWD to endorse two separate campaigns.
The 28-year-old has thrown her weight behind the same campaign as Dua Lipa, as well as supporting a petition to demand Theresa May to guarantee sustained funding for Rape Crisis - a charity which helps and supports sexual violence survivors.
❤✍ On #IWD2019, I encourage you to sign Fern Champion’s petition & demand that Theresa May guarantees sustainedfunding for @RapeCrisisEandW support services, so the survivors of sexual violence can access the support they need.— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) March 8, 2019
Former Harry Potter actress Watson also posted a joyous picture of herself, wishing her followers a "wonderful" IWD 2019.
Serena Williams has shared an article she has written for Fortune magazine on IWD, where she notes that 84 per cent of women believe they need support from other women to help advance their career.
The inspirational Tennis champion calls upon women to help and "empower" each other.
84% of women think other women’s support is critical to advancing their careers. On #IWD2019 women let’s promise to empower each other! Read my article in @FortuneMagazine with data from @SurveyMonkey. https://t.co/8XkmNTr7Y8— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) March 8, 2019
In another tweet, Williams named Ruth Carter as her female inspiration (aside from her sisters) for "paving the way for women of color in fashion and costume design".
Malala has posted a video titled "Girls have the power" on her Twitter account in a celebration of women on this IWD.
The video stresses the importance of education, noting that over 130 million girls are out of school. Malala wants all girls to fulfil their potential.
Malala was born in Pakistan but moved to Birmingham after surviving an assassination attempt. In 2014, she became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate and she is an inspiration for many every day - not just on IWD.
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