Women’s Day is an international event celebrated almost in every country in the world. Some countries consider this day as an official holiday for everyone others like China considers it as an official holiday for women only. But have you ever tried to find the history behind this day? Who started it, when and why? In this article, we will be going deeper into International Women’s Day history to know the story behind it.
The Earliest International Women’s Day
The story goes back to a protest by garment workers (women) held in New York in 1857 where women protested against working conditions. In 1909, the Socialist Party of America organized a day under the name of International Women’s Day in New York on February 28 commemorating the garment workers’ protest and this was the earliest Women’s Day observed worldwide.
Evolution of The International Women’s Day
In 1910, Women’s Day was established by The Socialist International in Copenhagen without setting a fixed date. The idea was welcomed by all the conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries. The purpose of Women’s Day was to honor the movement of women rights.
Later in 1911 International Women’s Day was held as a result of the Copenhagen conference on March 19 in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark where one million men and women attended. Between 1913 and 1914, International Women’s Day theme was to protest World War I. During this time International Women’s Day started to take 8th of March as an official day except in Russia where it was held the last Sunday in February.
International Women’s Day Mission
Since then and till today, International women’s day started to take a slogan and a mission every year to achieve and increase the world’s awareness about a special topic. In the past five years, International Women’s Day themes were about equality, empowering women and transforming their lives. In 2014 the slogan was “Equality for Women is Progress for all”, in 2015 “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”, and 2016 “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” while in 2017 “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” and finally in 2018 “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”
For 2019, International women’s Day started their campaign that aims for a gender-balanced world with the hashtag #BalanceforBetter. The campaign runs throughout the year and doesn’t stop on International Women’s Day.
Honor the women on your life in International Women’s Day
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