International Women’s Day – March 8th

International Women’s Day

By Karl Maria Stadler (1888 – nach 1943) – Scan from an old book, Public Domain,

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.

International Women’s Day in Modern Times

Today there continues to be marches annually still fighting for women’s equality, rights and fairness. Each year different events transpire around the world including marches, rallies and protests.

International Women’s Day March in Los Angeles 3/5/17 Molly Adams from USA

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.

Check out our International Women’s Day Merch

International Women’s Day Pictures from Throughout the Years

Clara Zetkin (left) and Rosa Luxemburg (right) in January 1910 By Unknown author – Luxemburg, Rosa – Bio, Public Domain,

By Post of USSR –, Public Domain,
By Womens Liberation Workshop in London – Stevenson, Prudence See Red Women’s Workshop – Feminist Posters 1974–1990, FOUR CORNERS BOOKS ISBN: 9781909829077., Public Domain,
International Women’s Day March Los Angeles 3/5/17
International Women’s Day March Los Angeles 3/5/17 Molly Adams from USA
International Women’s Day March Los Angeles 3/5/17 Molly Adams from USA
Concentración del Sindicato de Estudiantes en calle Preciados con motivo de la Huelga Feminista 8M de 2019
8M 2020 in Spain
Women on the street celebrating International Women’s Day in Cameroon Created: 11 February 2015 Mbiele Happi 
British poster for Women’s Day March, 1974 By See Red Women’s Workshop – Vogue,
Public Domain,

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