IWD: How Did It Come About?
Happy International Women’s Day everyone!
Today, I decided to start my work day by looking into the history of IWD because, being honest, I did not know how the day came about (and you may not either!)
So, here is a very brief history session on International Women’s Day.
On February 28th 1909, the Socialist Party of America organised National Woman’s Day in the USA. The year following the Luise Zietz, a German Socialist, proposed for an annual Woman’s Day at the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference and, thus, International Women’s Day was born in 1911.
In its first year, it was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, and the US still celebrated on the last day of February. On that day, there were many demonstrations being held protesting against employment sex discrimination, the right to vote and equal rights. Following International Women's Day in 1914, the date has not changed ever since.
The day was, and still is, celebrated heavily by socialist and communist countries and the United Nations officially adopted International Women’s Day in 1975.
International Women’s Day is currently recognised as an official holiday in countries like Russia, Cuba and Angola. In China and Madagascar, it is an official holiday for women only.
International Women’s Day began with international demonstrations and this theme continues today. Today, feminists of all genders will be joining a worldwide strike; it’s a strike for worldwide unity amongst women and to speak out against issues like gendered violence and inequality in the workplace.
This year’s theme is ‘balance for better’, calling for a gender-balanced world: women representation in politics, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mechanics), leadership positions and education, just to name the few. Though gender balance is growing more in western countries, this is still non-existent in other countries.
Today, let’s recognise women’s achievements and remember what we must achieve, knowing that we will achieve them. Here is to progress!
Hope you all have a great day!