Last Updated on March 6, 2023
International Women’s Day is an annual global event celebrated on March 8th to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women. It has been observed since the early 1900s and has grown worldwide, with millions of people participating in events and activities to support and empower women.
History of International Women’s Day:
The origins of International Women’s Day can be traced back to the early 1900s when women in North America and Europe started advocating for better working conditions, suffrage, and equal rights. On February 28, 1909, the first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York City. The idea of a Women’s Day quickly spread to Europe, and on March 8, 1910, the International Women’s Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, established March 8th as International Women’s Day.
Why Celebrate International Women’s Day:
International Women’s Day is a special day to celebrate the many accomplishments of women throughout history. It’s also a day to raise awareness about women’s ongoing challenges, such as gender-based violence and inequality worldwide. This day provides an opportunity to support and empower women, and to promote their equal participation in all areas of life.
How to Celebrate International Women’s Day:
There are many ways to celebrate International Women’s Day, including:
- Attending events: You can support women’s rights and gender equality by attending a local event such as a rally, march, or conference.
- Promoting gender equality: Gender bias, discrimination, and violence against women are wrong. We should help women participate in all areas of life and oppose any gender bias.
- Supporting women-owned businesses: Visit women-owned businesses or donate to organizations focusing on women’s issues.
- Educating others: Educate others about the importance of gender equality and women’s rights by sharing stories of women’s achievements and challenges.
- Volunteering: By volunteering with organizations supporting women and girls, you can help improve their lives. These organizations may provide shelter, mentoring, or other services to women and girls who need it.
Fun Facts about International Women’s Day:
- The official colors of International Women’s Day are purple, green, and white, representing women’s dignity, hope, and purity.
- The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 was “Choose to Challenge,” calling on individuals to challenge gender bias and inequality.
- The highest-ranking woman in the United Nations is the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed.
- Women’s suffrage in the United States was achieved in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
- In 2021, Kamala Harris became the first woman, Black person, and South Asian American to hold the position of Vice President of the United States.
International Women’s Day is a special day to celebrate the achievements of women and to help raise awareness about the struggle for gender equality. Today, we can support and empower women and girls worldwide, and help them have a voice in all areas of life. By celebrating International Women’s Day, we can help to promote equality for women and girls everywhere.