Celebrating All Women on International Women’s Day

Parliament of World Religions, “Are Our Stained Glass Ceilings Cracking Yet? Women and Leadership in the World of Interfaith” panel

For well over a century, International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually on March 8. It’s a day that’s not specific to a country, religion or organization — rather, it belongs to all women in every group everywhere.

International Women’s Day is about supporting all women. It’s an opportunity to celebrate women as important contributors to the world and across the world. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge that women are one-half of the potential human capital in any economy, and more than half a billion women have joined the world’s workforce over the past 30 years. And an opportunity to recognize that societies which invest in women and girls, are more responsive, transparent, religiously free, democratic and more capable of countering violent extremism.

Please join me in honoring and empowering all women—including women of faith—by reading and sharing Tanenbaum’s Combating Extremism campaign resources on religious women’s courage, compassion and charisma of women across traditions.

We cannot succeed without women and girls. That’s why we should celebrate the contributions of women, not just on International Women’s Day, but every day.