Today is International Women’s Day, a day that has been set aside since the early 1900s for people around the world to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year it is also being used as a call to action on the issue of gender parity.

The World Economic Forum estimates that gender parity around the world will not be achieved until the year 2133, or 117 years 9 months from now. The disheartening news is that the estimate has been pushed back from last year’s estimate of 2095.

The website internationalwomensday.com is putting the issue front and center, urging people to Pledge for Parity. The website says: “Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet let’s also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity. Leaders across the world are pledging to take action as champions of gender parity.”

Women and men are being urged to make a specific pledge to “help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women’s and men’s contributions equally; create inclusive, flexible cultures.” And people who make the pledge are urged to spread the word on social media with the hashtag #PledgeForParity.

We encourage support of the pledge as well as action to fulfill the pledge.

Here are some of the pledges that have been tweeted:

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