International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It was formerly known as International Working Women’s Day.
It has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.
History and Timeline of Women’s Day Celebration
According to what the pages of history have; the first National Women’s Day was more or less a political event, observed across the United States on 28 February.
It was the initiative of Socialist Party of America.Women continued to celebrate National Women’s Day on the last Sunday of February until 1913.In the International Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen in 9110, leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany- Clara Zetkin floated the idea of an International Women’s Day.
Zetkin’s suggestion with received unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was born.International Women’s Day was celebrated the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended the rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since. In the same year, it further spread to other European countries.
How is Women’s Day Celebrated?
Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries and with full fervour. Be it a working woman or a home maker, both are equally rewarded by love from family and society. There are many kinds of events and celebrations organised in companies, societies, clubs, etc.
Woman empowerment activities are held at a very large scale so that women know their rights and laws. A global network of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.
The International Women’s Day logo is in purple and white and features the symbol of Venus, which is also the symbol of being female. The faces of women of all backgrounds, ages, and nations are also seen in various promotions, such as posters, postcards and information booklets, on International Women’s Day. Various messages and slogans that promote the day are also publicised during this time of the year.
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