Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and Imagine Hillsboro will celebrate International Women’s Day with a town wide “selfie.” All are invited to mask up and head to the courthouse square, in downtown Hillsboro, for a group photograph at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 8.
A drone will fly over Main Street to take the group photo, allowing for plenty of space to spread out and practice social distancing. Participants are encouraged to wear purple and gold in honor of the day and balloons will be available to hold in the photo.
The origins of International Women’s Day extends back to 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City protesting for shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. The first National Women’s Day was declared a year later, in 1909, and has steadily gained momentum, with the United Nations officially recognizing the day in 1975.
Rooted in the march towards equality, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate how far women have come in society, politics and economics while raising awareness of the strides that still need to be taken.
Since its official adoption in 1975, each year has been given a specific theme. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge, emphasizing the idea that a challenged world is an alert world in which each individual person is responsible for their own thoughts and actions, specifically in regards to challenging inequality, calling out bias and questioning stereotypes to build an inclusive world.
More information on Hillsboro’s International Women’s Day “selfie” may be found on Facebook.