Dating back to 1909, the first women’s day was observed on February 28th in America and was termed as “National Women’s Day”. It was organized by Socialist Party of America to honor the women garment workers who protested for the working conditions there.
On March 19, 1911 a large scale women’s day was celebrated on international grounds with people taking part from Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, and Germany. Many other parts of the world including Russia and Vienna started observing women’s day too in February 1911, where a right to vote and a prominent position at the public office was demanded by women. America however continued celebrating it on the last Sunday of February.
In the year 1914, International Women’s Day was held on March 8th in Germany, because that day was a Sunday and since then it is always celebrated on March 8th in all the countries. The 1914’s observance of women’s day in Germany was dedicated to women’s right to vote which the German women didn’t win until 1918.
In 1975, Women’s Day was observed by the United Nations and the celebration finally got importance on a larger scale.
In 1977, United Nations General Assembly invited its member states to proclaim March 8th as the United Nations Day for Women’s Right and world peace.
This day is now celebrated all over the world to honor women and praise womanhood, to consider their struggles, to bring an end to misogyny, and to highlight their hardships in all walks of life. Women of our society are subject to a host of problems including violence and abuse. They are ignored in a number of social and economic fields and treated differently than their male counterparts. International Women’s Day thus proves to be a feminist torch bearer for women empowerment and a prominent voice for equality of their rights. Events and campaigns run in different countries to regard women and their distinguished roles as daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers.
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