Women have been fighting for equality for centuries and despite several battle wins throughout the years, there is still a war. Wednesday (March 8) marks International Women’s Day, a tradition that dates back to 1909, when the Socialist Party of America organized a “Women’s Day” observance in New York. On March 8, 1917, Russian women in the textile industry participated in a city-wide demonstration across the Russian capital of Petrograd. Seven days later, the provisional government granted women the right to vote and, consequently, March 8 was declared a national holiday. Now, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 around the world.
In honor of the event, members of the Hip Hop community took to social media to pay homage to the female gender, including Nas, A$AP Ferg, Pharrell, Ace Hood, Open Mike Eagle, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Remy Ma, Kelly Rowland, Common, and Queen Latifah.
Others participated in a “strike” that calls for women to stay home from work to demonstrate what it would be like without women’s endless contributions to society. The Ed Lover Show declared it was “closed” while Monie Love said she was “tapping out.” Silent marches have erupted across the nation as well as the workforce gets a reminder of just how integral women are to its functionality.
Check out the various tweets and Instagram posts below, and don’t forget to honor women every day.
Happy national women day I love y'all
— HOOD POPE (@ASAPferg) March 8, 2017
yahweh is played out. bring back ishtar #internationalwomensday
— Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) March 8, 2017
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) March 8, 2017
— Remy Ma (@RealRemyMa) March 8, 2017
So grateful to know so many incredible women! Happy #InternationalWomensDay!
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) March 8, 2017
Happy intergalactic women’s day!!
— reggie watts (@reggiewatts) March 8, 2017
Queen Latifah – Ladies First (with lyrics) https://t.co/SUraMTpvhd
— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) March 8, 2017
— The Ed Lover Show (@EdLoverShow) March 8, 2017
Ok . Tapping out . On with the day .
— Monie Love (@DaRealMonieLove) March 8, 2017