We all know that 8th of March is the day when we celebrate women’s rights. But do you know how it begun, how was it evaluated, where it spread the idea of women’s rights and which countries celebrate this day as a celebration of women …
It wasn’t always celebrated on March 8
The holiday is now celebrated on March 8 every year, but for the first five years, it was celebrated on Feb. 28. Then, in 1913-1914, Russian women celebrated International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. It has since been transferred to an annual celebration on March 8.
The meaning of the holiday has evolved
It began as a massive protest by women who wanted better working conditions, better pay, and the right to vote. But since then, the holiday has evolved into a day of awareness on women’s progress in the ongoing fight for gender equality, and a day to address issues across the globe that directly affect women.
It’s an official holiday in over 25 countries
IWD is now a recognized holiday in 27 countries! This includes China, Vietnam, Uganda, Afghanistan, Cuba, and Russia.
It started as a day, and is now celebrated all month long
The U.S. now uses the entire month of March to celebrate women’s history. We certainly deserve a whole month, yeah right?
Hillary Clinton helped this holiday regain its relevance
Before Clinton began her presidential campaign, she launched the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls Through International Exchanges” in 2011 as a way to celebrate women all over the world.
Google loves the ladies
Make sure to check Google’s homepage on March 8, as it continues to honor IWD each year with a themed doodle.
It’s not just celebrated by women
An ex President Obama was responsible for making March Women’s History Month, starting in 2011. And even though IWD was created by women for women, it is honored each year by more and more men who understand the importance of gender equality. The more the merrier!
You can take action
There are many ways you can be part of the IWD celebrations this year. IWD’s website offers options to take action, including a pledge, ways to host your own gender parity event, and information on why this is such a global necessity. So do your part, and keep this amazing celebration going strong each year.