Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day as I’m sure you’ve seen if Google is your search engine of choice I knew that IWD is a day to celebrate women and the progress that we have made for equality. Other than that, I really didn’t know much about it. So, I set out to do some research on the internet.
I had assumed that this day was a relatively new thing, but, apparently, it has been observed since the early 1900′s. The first NATIONAL Women’s Day was observed on February 28, 1909 following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. At an International Women’s Conference held in August 1910, the IWD was proposed as a strategy to promote equal rights for women. It was surprising to me that it was Europe, not America, that embraced IWD. The first IWD was observed by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Americans continued to celebrate National Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February until after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited other countries to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.
The UN’s theme for 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women” while the theme on the International Women’s Day website is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.” There are 223 events scheduled this year in the United States alone while thousands will be held worldwide. Check out the list of events happening in your country here.
For more information, go to the International Women’s Day website at http://internationalwomensday.com.
Ladies, go out and celebrate all women today! Be proud of your gender and what we have accomplished in our history!