Celebrating International Women’s Day

By Office of the President | Mar 8, 2023

March 8, International Women's Day

Brooklyn, New York - In 1908, the first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States in honor of the New York garment workers’ strike protesting unsafe working conditions. Nearly 70 years later, the United Nations recognized International Women’s Day, honoring women’s global work and contributions and uplifting equality while inspiring future generations of women and girls.

Since then, a more inclusive and continually growing movement has helped make International Women’s Day a rallying point to build support and participation in the political and economic arenas as more women assume world leadership roles over their countries and nations.

Today, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements and a day that also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

According to the Pew Research Center, the gender gap in pay has remained relatively stable in the United States over the past 20 years. In 2022, women earned an average of 82 percent of what men earned, but it appears narrower with younger workers. Half of U.S. adults surveyed point to women being treated differently by employers as a primary reason for the pay gap.

As leaders, we should seek diversity and equity, embrace inclusion, challenge inequality, and create a more inclusive world. Additionally, inspiring, educating, mentoring, and sharing practical advice to empower women can help build and grow careers, exposing more women to leadership positions and career advancement opportunities.

And finally, here’s our tribute to the women at Downstate!

Thank you for all you do!


Contact: Dawn S. Walker
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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough's only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn's 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate's teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.