International Women's Day: Gaining Momentum

Photo by REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino. Happy International Women's Day! The global movement was created to inspire women and celebrate their achievements worldwide. The commemorative occasion originally started in the United States as a way for female laborers to demand shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Now, people all over the world are organizing thousands of events, including political rallies, business conferences, local women's craft markets, theatrical performances and fashion shows, to support the cause. This year's theme is "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum."

Here are some notable storytelling and design projects that caught our attention. Share links to some of your other favorites in the comments!

Today, Google created a Doodle of women around the world.


Singers and musicians released a special song, "One Woman," that was written for UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Dove launched a Photoshop action to un-airbrush unrealistic images of models, as part of its decade-long "Real Beauty" campaign.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has collected a series of reporting projects, "Women, Children, Crisis," that illuminates the adversity and crimes endured by women and children around the world. Here's one story about female indentured servants in Nepal.

The Huffington Post suggests "10 Female Artists to Watch" in 2013.

Multimedia artist Jaimie Warren recently showed "The WOAHS Of Female Tragedy II" exhibit at The Hole in New York. Photo via Huffington Post.

And in the world of social media:

There are a slew of campaigns that are tweeting for equality. Check out @VWCampaign, challenging the under-representation of women in the workplace; @EverydaySexism, documenting everyday experiences of sexism; and @_TYFA, the creators of the #TwitterYouthFeministArmy to mobilize a social media-savvy younger generation of feminists.

Instagram wrote a blog post to highlight influential women who use the photography platform to "document their incredible stories of talent, triumph and humanitarianism." The list of Instagrammers includes Bethany Hamilton (@bethanyhamilton), Yoko Ono (@yokoonoofficial), Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas (@gabbydoug2012) and Padma Lakshmi (@padmalakshmi).

And to get an official photo fix curated by the International Women's Day team, check out this board on Pinterest.