Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day and for that reason, we are going to dedicate this post to all the women of the world!
The International Working Women’s Day, also called International Women’s Day, commemorates the struggle of women for their participation, on an equal footing to men, in society and in their full development as individuals. This day is a national holiday in many countries of the world.
A little bit of history
In 1977, just 40 years ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) proclaimed March 8th as Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
• 1909: On February 28th, the first National Women’s Day was celebrated in the United States, and it continued to be celebrated on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
• 1910: The Socialist International proclaimed Women’s Day in favor of women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women.
• 1911: As a result of the previous year proclamation, International Women’s Day was first held on March 19th in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland. In addition to the right to vote and the right to hold public office, they demanded the right to work, the right to vocational training and the right to non-discrimination in the workplace.
• 1913-1914: Russian women celebrated their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday of February of 1913. In the rest of Europe, women held rallies on the dates near March 8th of the following year to protest against war or to sympathize with other causes.
• 1917: As a reaction to the 2 million Russian soldiers killed in war, Russian women again chose the last Sunday of February to protest and strike for “bread and peace”. Four days later the Tsar was forced to abdicate and the provisional government granted women the right to vote. That historic Sunday was February 23rd, according to the Julian calendar used back then in Russia, or March 8th, according to the Gregorian calendar used in other countries.
• 1975: The United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time on March 8th.
DID YOU KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY?
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