International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8, all around the World. It is a day to reflect on and celebrate the social, political, economic and cultural accomplishments of women.
The History of International Women’s Day
In 1908 women marched through New York, demanding better pay and voting rights. On February 28, Theresa Malkiel organized the first National Women’s Day in America. This day was celebrated on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
Clara Zetkin of Germany was inspired by this and expressed her desire to have an International Women’s Day. Every country would demand better rights and equality for women. This was approved, and the first International Women’s Day was celebrated March 19, 1911. In 1913, March 8 was declared the official International Women’s Day.
In 1977, the UN General Assembly asked all of their member states to recognize March 8 as the Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, saying each country should celebrate this day according to their own traditions and customs.
Now, International Women’s Day is observed to raise awareness of the struggles and achievements of women.
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