Streaming video giant Netflix has released a video celebrating International Women’s Day that showcases the many prominent ladies who star in the service’s original programming. The video shows scenes from “Stranger Things,” “House of Cards” and “The Crown,” and posits a world in which said show’s lead actresses are absent from their pivotal roles. The result, of course, is a world in which those stories never get told.
Netflix has not shied away from shows featuring strong female leads. The streaming service’s “Stranger Things” discovered child actress Millie Bobby Brown, who played the show’s mysterious, psychically powerful Eleven, and who will go on to star in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in 2019. “Orange is the New Black” focuses on the seedy, sometimes comedic inner workings of a women’s prison and is led by an largely female ensemble cast. “The Fall,” which stars Gillian Anderson as a police detective tracking a sexual predator, was first made available in the United States through Netflix.
The first observation of Women’s Day was on February, 28 1909 in New York. The event was organized by the Socialist Party of America, which was founded in 1901 when the United States’ Social Democratic Party and the Socialist Labor Party merged. International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 because, on that date in 1917, Russian women textile workers flooded the streets of Petrograd to protest poor living and working conditions experienced in the aftermath of World War I. Seven days later, the Russian Empire was overthrown and women were granted the right vote.
Primarily celebrated by socialist and communist countries since 1917, International Women’s Day was recognized and adopted by the United Nations in 1975. The United Nations has supplied yearly themes for International Women’s Day since 1996, including the likes of “Gender Equality Beyond 2005; Building a More Secure Future” and “Women and Men United to End Violence Against Women and Girls” in 2009. The theme for 2017 is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 6 noted that, as the world becomes more “unpredictable” and “chaotic,” “the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.” Guterres went on to write that, around the world, traditional and cultural values, as well as religions, are being “misused to curtail women’s rights, to entrench sexism and defend misogynistic practices” and that the only way to combat such acts is by empowering women. Expanding on the theme of women in the changing world of work, Guterres noted that closing the gender gap in employment could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025.
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