March 8, 2023
Waverly Community Members,
Today is International Women’s Day! March 8 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. “The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific” (IWD Website). The day was also founded to highlight the significance of women’s contributions to our world and make sure that everyone understands that women’s lives and experiences should be honored and understood. Women matter because they are people.
Understanding the basic reality that women matter does not eliminate the reality that we still have tremendous work to do to transform our world. We need to create pay equity, leadership opportunities and experiences, community safety and respect for all women. Respecting and supporting women is not at odds with the rights of people who are not women. This is a struggle we can all embrace to make our world better. I hope that all students will be in conversation with their families and teachers about how we can support women and girls at Waverly.
Waverly is proud to host Nikki High, owner and founder of Octavia’s Bookshelf, as part of our Women’s History Month celebrations. This new local bookstore is located at 1361 N. Hill Avenue in Pasadena and features a range of texts by women and BIPOC writers. High will visit with all Waverly students and talk about science fiction, Octavia Butler, and the joy of reading. We are excited to offer this opportunity to students and faculty.
To learn more about International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, you can check out the resources below. Hope you all have a great day and celebrate the women in your lives today and every day.