International Women’s Day – March 8th

Intentional Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated every March 8. Today is all about celebrating women. This globally recognized day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality and to celebrate the progress already made.

The History of IWD

In 1908 a women’s movement started to expose the oppression and inequality of women faced. A march was organized and 15,000 women marched through New York City asking for shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

The first IWD gathering was in 1911. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific. We all celebrate this together worldwide.

Then in 1909 with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day was observed across the United States on February 28th.

In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen consisting of over 100 women from 17 different countries and representing many socialist parties and women’s working clubs. Clara Zetkin, who was the leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed an idea that every country should have a celebration on the same day to continue to try to meet their demands for justice and equality. Clara’s idea was met with unanimous approval and International Women’s Day was born.

To see a detailed timeline on IWD and when each country joined visit IWD.

How to Celebrate

  • Here are some hashtags to use: #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge #IWD #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2022
  • Visit IWD to learn more:
  • Share your story of success on Social Media.
  • If you see someone being treated unfairly today is the day to call it out and take the first steps in changing the situation.
  • Read the 2030 goals to reach complete women’s equality.

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