International Women's Day

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International Women's Day is globally acknowledged as a day celebrating women's achievements, in events that connect and inspire women worldwide. This day has been observed annually since the early 1900s. The history of International women's Day is intertwined with historical events that that changed the course of society from the industrial era and until today. What started as a socialist and communist political statement and a declaration and support for women's rights evolved into an annual day of appreciation and awareness for the struggles of women and for women's achievements.

Oppression, inequality and the active campaign for women's rights signaled a change in the voice of women and the rise of new ideology. This was the lead-in to National Women's Day, declared by the Socialist Party of America in 1909, and observed across the United States on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

International Women's Day

In 1910, at the International Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen, a German Socialist proposed an international day devoted to campaigning for equal rights for women, a motion that was enthusiastically approved. European countries observed this day, followed by Russian women who observed their first International Women's Day in 1913. A women's strike for "bread and peace" commenced on March 8, 1917, following which women were granted the right to vote.

In 1977, the UN General Assembly declared March 8 as the UN day for women's rights and world peace. International Women's Day became a worldwide non-politically affiliated event, a part of the global culture and a show of recognition for women's strength and empowerment. It is a day that celebrates the heroism of women who fought for their rights, the part they played in fighting for world peace, and in paving the way for the successes of women today, as well as the continued definition of equality for women everywhere.

Today, International Women's Day is a day of awareness for the advancement of women, equality, and the celebration of women's achievements. Wide scale and local activities, social networking, and international conferences focused on women make this a day of solidarity and appreciation, supported by global corporations and governments. Significant changes have shifted society's attitude toward women, history has seen great improvement and extraordinary accomplishments by women. This day has come to celebrate the positive changes, while serving as a reminder that full equality has yet to be achieved.