There’s no denying that women have come a long way when it comes to rights and equality. International Women’s Day was one of the driving forces in bringing awareness to the inequality between men and women. Check out a little bit about the history of this meaningful holiday.
The Early History of International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day’s roots start all the way back in 1908. Women were tired of oppression, so 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding various rights, including the right to vote and better pay. In 1909, the first National Woman’s Day was held in the U.S. on February 28th. The idea quickly spread to other countries, such as Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland. In 1911, those countries celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time on March 19th.
International Women’s Day Moves to March 8th
It wasn’t until 1913 that International Women’s Day was moved to March 8th. Russian women celebrated International Women’s Day on the last Sunday of February in 1913. It was after this that the day was moved to March 8th.
International Women’s Day Hits a Lull
In 2000, the day saw a lull. Equal rights for women was no longer a hot topic. However, supporters of the celebration knew there was still a lot of work to do. In 2001, they launched a website for International Women’s Day in an attempt to get people interested again. Luckily, it worked, and the website continues to see high traffic for people supporting women’s equality.
International Women’s Day Today
Today, supporters of International Women’s Day still fight to spread its word. In some countries, it is even an official holiday. These countries include Afghanistan, Armenia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Madagascar, Russia and many more.
Each year, the day focuses on a different topic. For 2017, the theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030.” The goal is to bring awareness to the fact that it’s important to ensure women can reach their full potential in the working world.
Everyone deserves the right to be equal, and International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on how women are still not quite considered equal to men. In your community, try celebrating this day by honoring great women and doing something to boost equality.