Recognizing International Women’s Day

International Women's Day Event | The Little Market

Created by women to empower women, The Little Market is a nonprofit, fair trade shop supporting dignified income opportunities for underserved communities, locally, nationally, and globally. We are proud to recognize International Women’s Day; observed on March 8, it celebrates the achievements of women around the world, in all spheres of life while also serving as a call to action for gender equality. 


Today, International Women’s day is celebrated globally and across all groups. It is not specific to one location or organization. 

International Women’s Day dates back to the late 1850s to the early 1900s. Seeking positive change, women became more active and spoke up against oppression and inequality. In 1857, women garment workers led a protest in New York City, N.Y. against inadequate pay and working conditions. This led to increased advocacy and the creation of a women’s labor union. In 1908, approximately 15,000 women marched in New York City, N.Y. in support of voting rights, fair wages, better working conditions, and equality in the workplace. 

On March 19, 1911, International Women’s Day was formally observed for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Fast forward to 1975, and the United Nations officially recognized the observance, with the year 1975 being designated as the “International Women’s Year.” 


The 2021 campaign theme for International Women’s Day has been designated as: #ChoosetoChallenge. This theme recognizes that change comes from challenging ourselves and speaks to our shared responsibility for our thoughts and actions. Together, we can work toward an equal, inclusive world. Within the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Goal 5 is “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Not only is gender equality a human right, but it is essential for progress. 

Some reports suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic will set back and reverse the progress of gender equality and women’s rights by at least two decades, if not longer. The pandemic has worsened the inequalities that women and girls face every day. Women are disproportionately affected by unpaid care work, the economic impacts of the pandemic, and domestic and gender-based violence. (For more information and data, please see here.) 


The Little Market is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and fair trade shop founded to empower women in the most underserved communities through economic empowerment. We ethically purchase and sell their handmade goods to support their livelihoods and path to a brighter future, and we bring awareness to human rights and social justice issues. 

One Million Hours of Dignified Work | The Little Market

In less than 10 years, we’ve been able to provide over 1 million hours of dignified work to artisan and producer groups in underrepresented, vulnerable communities globally. 

We are proud to work with women-centered organizations who share in our commitment to fair trade practices, and we have a deep admiration for each and every artisan and producer for their hard work, resiliency, and passion. We are honored to work alongside and uplift inspiring women.

Mrs. Sandhya P.S., Seasoned Tailor and Artisan in India | The Little Market 


This International Women’s Day, we are excited to announce our first virtual event, Conversations with Changemakers. We are bringing together activists, celebrities, and thought leaders on issues impacting all women and underserved communities for thought-provoking conversations. Please see here to sign up and tune into our panels, which begin on March 8. 

As you know, COVID-19 has put already deep inequalities on stark display and aggravated the hardships of many. We believe the events of this past year call on each of us to intensify our commitment to equity and use our voice and platform to be a catalyst for positive change. The Little Market has worked hard to create a program that we hope rises to the challenge. 

Thank you for joining The Little Market in our mission of women’s empowerment. Our collective voices bring awareness to human rights and social justice issues and create change for women globally. 

History of International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day. Accessed Feb. 14, 2021. Web.
“Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” United Nations. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Accessed Feb. 14, 2021. Web.
“History of International Women’s Day.” Accessed Feb. 14, 2021. Web. 

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