International Women’s Day 2018

March 7, 2018

This Thursday, March 8th, 2018 is International Women’s Day! We wanted to celebrate International Women’s Day here on the blog by highlighting some posts from a selection of the women in the API Blogger Program this semester:

Illustration by Debra Cartwright

Check out this post from Katherine Sypher from the University of Connecticut currently studying in Paris, France:

And this post from Meghan Chayka from the University of Tampa. Meghan is currently studying abroad with API in Edinburgh, Scotland:

And this from Abbey Wozniak from the University of Massachusetts Amherst who is currently studying in Barcelona, Spain:

And this post comes to us from Gap Year Intern, Grace Plunkett. Grace is currently interning with Start Up Chile in Santiago with API:

Are you abroad currently and wondering how to acknowledge this annual celebration of women? You can use this handy tool for finding events in your city here.

You can also check out this article from BBC about the history of International Women’s Day.

We especially love Google’s approach to IWD this year. The team collected women’s stories, visualized them, and then translated them into 80 different languages to assure they could be heard and shared around the world. From the project’s creators:

“For today’s global, interactive Doodle, we reached out to 12 female artists of all backgrounds to share their personal stories in a series of visual narratives. Specifically, each story represents a moment, person, or event that has impacted their lives as women.While each artist tells a unique story, the themes are universal, reminding us of how much we often have in common. We hope that the combined power of words and images help bring these stories to life in a way that invokes feelings of understanding, empathy, and spirit of the day.

This project has been an incredible journey for us, and we’ve been moved by the candor, intimacy, and bravery of our contributors’ stories. Translating these works across 80+ languages and sharing them across a global audience means so much to us, and we hope that readers will go about their day feeling as inspired as we do.”

You can learn more about this effort here.

How are you participating in International Women’s Day? If you post pictures don’t forget to tag #ISPYAPI so we can share pictures from our participants around the world!


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