The Important Significance of March 8th
International Women’s Day is a day where women are recognized around the world for their achievements in areas such as art, sports, law, medicine, science, and politics. We celebrate this important holiday on March 8th.
July 8th, 1857 was the day that marked the start of International Women’s Day after a proclamation by an activist named Clara Zetkin at the International Conference of Working Women. International Women’s Day was first acknowledged by the United Nations in 1975.
The March 8th tradition in Eastern Europe of “women in black” began before 1991 when International Women’s Day was first acknowledged by the United Nations.
Significance of International Women’s Day: Women’s Day History
In 1908, a lot of unrest and critical debate was happening amongst women. There was much inequality and oppression, which spurred women to become more vocal and campaign for change. Later that year, 15,000 women marched through NYC demanding better pay, the right to vote, and shorter working hours.
in 1909, in accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first International Women’s Day happened in the United States on February 28th. Women celebrated National Women’s Day on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
In 1910, Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of International Women’s Day. She proposed there being a celebration each year on the same day in every country.
In 1911, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in Denmark, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. On March 25th, the tragedy named Triangle Fire in NYC claimed the lives of 140 working women.
From 1913 to 1914, Russian women celebrated their first National Women’s Day on February 23rd, the last Sunday of February. International Women’s Day was agreed to be set for 8th March.
In 1917, on the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for Bread and Peace, due to the death of around 2 million Russian soldiers during WW1. Women continue to strike for four days until the Czar abdicated, and they were granted the right to vote.
In 1975, the United Nations celebrated their first International Women’s Day.
In 1996, the United Nations declared the first theme “Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future.”
In 2000, there wasn’t much activity happening for International Women’s Day in many countries.
In 2001, the internationalwomensday.com platform was launched with the purpose of re-energizing the holiday.
In 2011, the world celebrated the 100-year centenary of International Women’s Day. In the US, President Obama proclaimed March 2011 as “Women’s History Month”. In the UK, Annie Lennox led a march across one of London’s famous bridges to raise awareness and support for the movement.
2021 and Moving Forward – Though women have undoubtedly come a long way when fighting for freedom and rights, there is still a long way to go. Many people mistakenly believe that women have achieved true equality. However, a lot of women are still not paid the same as their male counterparts, and they aren’t yet represented in equal numbers in business and politics. Violence against women is still rampant. Fortunately, progress has been made. There are female prime ministers, astronauts, athletes. Women have the right to vote, most countries offer them the right to make decisions about their health and fertility, to be able to work, and study.
Women’s Day Festivities
Women’s day celebration events are many. Some include International Women’s Day dinners, brunches, lunches, gifts, flowers, International Women’s Day speakers, International Women’s Day pink hats, and International Women’s Day marches.
Some gifts that are given on International Women’s Day include International Women’s Day cards, chocolates, and gift baskets.
Women’s Day Celebration
The significance of International Women’s Day also greatly focuses on the women’s rights movement, which tackles issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and abuse and violence against women.
International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate:
- Celebrate and acknowledge women’s achievements
- raise awareness about women’s equality
- fundraise for female charities
- make a stand for accelerated women’s parity
The theme for International Women’s Day for 8th March 2022 is Break The Bias. Bias, whether unconscious or deliberate, still makes it difficult for women to keep moving forward. The colors purple, green, and white symbolize International Women’s Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity, green signifies hope, and white represents purity.