The event first started to campaign for better pay and rights for women, but is now aimed at inspiring females across the world, a global celebration which aims to inspire women in countries across the world.
This year, events will take place across Britain and the world to celebrate the achievements of women and hopefully inspire others. The tradition began with the first National Women’s Day in 1909 and its roots are in campaigning for better pay and voting rights.
Why we celebrate International Woman’s day:
While International Women’s Day is now largely aimed at inspiring women across the world and celebrating their achievements, its roots are in movements campaigning for better pay and voting rights.
The first National Women’s Day was marked on 28 February 1909 in the United States after a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.
During an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen the following year, Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, suggested the idea of an International Women’s Day. The idea was met with unanimous approval.
1911 saw IWD honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. Over a million people attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
In 1975, the United Nations gave official sanction to International Women’s Day and began sponsoring it.
The United States now designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.
IWD is also an official holiday in 15 countries including China, Ukraine and Vietnam.
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