NEW YORK—On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, billions of people around the world took the time to celebrate International Women’s Day in their own way. First officially recognized by the UN in 1977, International Women’s Day recognizes the achievements and struggles of all women around the world. From protests to parties and everything in between, there are countless ways to celebrate and honor International Women’s Day. This week, we’re taking a look at how the optical community honored women this International Women’s Day.

The Optical Women’s Association is spending the entire month of March celebrating Women’s History Month. On International Women’s Day, the Association reaffirmed its commitment to help women connect, inspire and lead within the optical industry. Image via opticalwomen on Instagram

Optometry Divas celebrated International Women’s Day with a reminder to prioritize your own happiness and purpose. Image via optometrydivas on Instagram

Melanie Denton Dombrowski, OD, at Salisbury Eyecare & Eyewear in Salisbury, North Carolina, saluted all women on International Women’s Day. Image via dr.melaniedenton on Instagram

Vontélle Eyewear founders Nancey Harris and Tracy Green celebrated International Women’s Day from the Forbes 30/50 Summit in Abu Dhabi. Image via vontelleeyewear on Instagram

The Eyes on Trade team in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, celebrated being woman-owned and operated. Image via eyesontrade on Instagram

Mido celebrated International Women’s Day by sharing information about its Empowering Optical Women Leadership talk by ANFAO, which took place at this year’s edition of the show. It is also available to watch on Mido’s online platform. Image via mido_exhibition on Instagram

Two Blind Brothers celebrated International Women’s Day by celebrating the women in their lives and all around the world. In addition, they shared their special Braille word of the week: women. Image via twoblindbrothers on Instagram

The team at Eyediology Vision Care in Las Vegas encouraged followers to tag the women who inspired them in their post to celebrate International Women’s Day. Image via eyediologylv on Instagram

Kristie Nguyen, OD, of Orlando, Florida, celebrated International Women’s Day by shouting out some of the amazing women’s groups in the optical industry. Image via dr.kristienguyen on Instagram

Old South Optometry, located in London, Ontario, Canada, shared an informative post about Sadie Lampard, OD, the first female optometrist in Alberta, Canada. Image via oldsouthoptometryldn on Instagram