International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March. It is marked as the day where we all celebrate women’s accomplishments and advocate for gender equality.
In 1909, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman’s Day, following a demonstration a year earlier, where 15,000 women demonstrated against discrimination and inequality. In 1910, during a conference about working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, Clara Zetkin made the suggestion to celebrate the first International Women’s Day.
Thus, the official first celebration of the International Women’s Day in 1911 took place in the following three countries: Austria, Germany and Switzerland. We need to wait until 1977, when the United Nations first proclaimed March 8th Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
Public Holiday and Celebration
In countries such as Zambia, Cambodia, among many others, International Women’s Day is a public holiday. In some other countries like China and Madagascar, for example, only women get a day off.
No matter if it is a public holiday or not, Women’s Day is celebrated in myriad ways: For example, in Italy, Russia, Albania, Men offers Yellow mimosas and chocolate to women; in Portugal, women get together for dinner or celebrate by partying, while in Brazil, Vietnam, Croatia or Moldovia, flowers are offered to women.
March as Women’s History Month
In 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed the month of March as Women’s History Month in the United States. In In March 2015, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn which helps adolescent girls around the world to surmount the barriers that stand between them and a quality education. According to Barack Obama:
International Women’s Day is a chance to pay tribute to ordinary women throughout the world and is rooted in women’s centuries-old struggle to participate in society on an equal footing with men.
Women’s Day Celebration in 2018
Although the official date for International Women’s Day is on the 8th of March, Londoners rallied at Victoria Park on Saturday to celebrate the cause of women around the world. Most expressed the famous issues such as gender equality, recognition of work and education rights.
On its side, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has produced a series of portraits from French and European women who defined the history from the 18th century to today. From Elisabeth Badinter to Alexandra Kollontai who was the first female Ambassador to Isabelle Renouard, we can read the life and experience of these women who made History.
In Rome, the celebration is marked with a general strike which calls for an end to discrimination against women in the workplace and greater punishment for male violence against women.
A Reminder: The theme for this year’s Celebration is #PressforProgress which represents a strong call for action which will lead to gener equality, inclusion and elimination of gender gap.
20 Inspirational Quotes For Women’s Day
God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.
The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.
Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.
Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size.
A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.
Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.
Mary Mcleod Bethune
Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class.
Anne Morrow Lindberg
So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?
Harriet Beecher Stower
Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to ‘choose’ between public justice and private happiness.
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
Women are leaders everywhere you look–from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.
Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman’s thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
All the world’s a stage, and it’s a dead easy guess which sex has all the speaking parts.
Robert Elliot Gonzales
The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity.
No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
Carrie Chapman Catt
In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
Simone de Beauvoir