International Women’s Day


International Women’s Day is celebrated every March 8. According to the International Women’s Day websiteInternational 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.

There theme this year is Choose to Challenge because “a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge.” There are many things we can do to #ChooseToChallenge including using the templates that are on IWD for social media, support women owned businesses, share local events, and educate yourself on international issues that women are facing.

I created the content for this presentation on International Women’s Day. As you travel around each continent, read about key issues and what the solutions and how you can help.

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Tracy owns Safe Spaces, a consulting and training firm that focuses on building resilient families, communities and organizations ( She is also an Authorized Facilitator and Certified Instructor with Darkness to Light,, a child sexual abuse prevention organization. Tracy has taught pre kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade and has served as a Site Administrator for an elementary school. Currently, she is a Teacher-in-Residence with Prezi and also a college and career advisor for Students Rising Above. Tracy grew up in northeast Ohio, and has lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Northern Virginia and has worked in the arts, in education and child abuse prevention. Her husband's job brought them to the Bay Area and there's no looking back! Tracy is mom to a 16-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. Self-care includes getting to know her new community, having lunch with friends, pedicures, reading, cooking, crafting, and just being with her family.


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