International Women’s Day

composite done by Casey Kula

Thursday, March 8th was International Women’s Day and in celebration, some companies went wild, to say the least. McDonald’s, for the first time in its history, has flipped its well universally well-known golden arches. This started in Lynwood, California by a woman who owns and operates the McDonald’s, to celebrate women everywhere. By Thursday all of McDonald’s social media profiles displayed an upside down “M”.

KFC in Malaysia even embraced International Women’s Day by changing Colonel Sanders to his wife Claudia Sanders. They even made a short YouTube video explaining Mrs. Sanders influence in the company. ”We could not have been the company we are now without Claudia’s contributions,” said David Novak, KFC’s president and chief executive.

The support for women did not stop at food chains. Google also created 12 interactive illustrations from female artist all around the country including Japan, Pakistan, and Mexico. The doodles included stories of love and growing older. One artist, Isuri Merenchi Hewage from Sri Lanka said, “It’s a day that makes my heart happy to hear and see women all around the world say, ‘We’re women, we’re here, and we’ll keep fighting.’”

On Tuesday, March 6th Barbie unveiled new dolls based on Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Katherine Johnson and other influential women throughout history and modern day. The dolls will soon be able to purchase worldwide but for right now they are available on the Barbie website.

Closer to home here at Bob Jones, our own YAFE club did something, too. “I’m apart of Young Advocates for Equality. A club for race and gender equality.” Audrey Harper, a YAFE officer, stated, “Yesterday, we got together and took some pictures as well as discussed the importance of women and the contribution women have made to the world.”