International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2013 by Dan Allan

March 8 is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a day to show respect and appreciation for the economic, political and social achievements of women across the world. 

International Women's Day

Women’s Day was first observed in 1909 in the United States. International Woman’s Day was first held in Europe in 1911, and more than 1 million people took part in protests and demonstrations. Participants demanded equal rights for women, including full suffrage (the right to vote in elections).

The suffrage movement had been taking place in many countries, including Canada, since the mid-19th century. Canadian women received the right to vote in 1918.

In the beginning, International Women’s Day was predominantly celebrated in communist and socialist countries. In fact, International Women’s Day protests in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1917 helped spark the Russian Revolution. Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin later made Women’s Day an official holiday in the USSR.

International Women’s Day became an international event when the United Nations declared March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace in 1977.

Learn more by visiting the International Women’s Day website.

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