History of International Women's Day

Have you ever wondered how International Woman's Day started? Well, there were of course many events leading to it, but the main idea was born in 1910 in Copenhagen where a second International Conference of Working Women was held. Clara Zetkin, who was a Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany was “the brain” behind the idea. She suggested that every year, around the world, there should be one same day to celebrate women. Everyone in the conference greeted this idea with approval and International Women's Day was born. In 1911, after the decision in Copenhagen, the day was celebrated for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on 19 March. Men and women went to rallies to fight for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, hold public office, and end discrimination. Then in 1914. But it was actually Russian women that set the March 8th trend. They observed their first International Women's Day on February 23rd, the last Sunday in February. Following discussions, International Women's Day was agreed to be marked annually on March 8 that translated in the widely adopted Gregorian calendar from February 23 - and this day has remained the global date for International Women's Day ever since.

Another huge breakthrough was when International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975.

Happy International Women’s Day to all of you. Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

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